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IAF AN-32 plane flying from Chennai to Port Blair with 29 on board goes missing

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 22 July 2016, 14:22 IST

A massive search operation is underway in the Bay of Bengal to trace the whereabouts of an Indian Air Force plane - with 29 people on board - which reportedly went missing on the morning of 22 July.

According to reports, the missing aircraft, an old AN-32 plane, was flying from Chennai to Port Blair. The aircraft, that took off from Chennai's Tambaram air base, was on a routine weekly flight for Air Force personnel.

A full scale search and rescue operation has been launched by the IAF, Navy and Coast Guard for the plane that went missing around 8:30am.

Aircrafts, including a P-81 and three Dorniers, have been assigned to the search operation, while four ships - Karmukh, Gharial, Jyoti and Kuthar - have been diverted to join the search and rescue operation. According to reports, more assets will be launched shortly.

The Indian Air Force currently has 105 AN-32s in service.

More details awaited.

First published: 22 July 2016, 14:22 IST
 
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