New Delhi: An Indian Air Force (IAF) plane bound for Port Blair from Chennai went missing on Friday with 29 people onboard. The aircraft had Service Personnel onboard.
It is said that the plane went off radio contact after 9 in the morning. At 8:30 AM, when the plane lifted off of the coast of Port Blair, the plane was still in touch with the Indian Air Force base in Chennai. It was expected to reach the coastal region around 11:30 AM.
The plane, a model AN-32, went off the radar soon after its take off.
Sources reported that 29 people have been missing, out of which 6 are crew members inside the flight. It is being said that the plane had 4 hours of fuel left.
A full scale search and rescue operation has been launched to locate IAF AN-32 aircraft in Bay of Bengal. 12 Indian Navy ships INS Rajput, INS Ranvijay, INS Kamorta, INS Kirch, INS Karmukh, INS Kora, INS Kuthar, INS Shakti, INS Jyoti, INS Gharial and INS Sukanya have reportedly joined the SAR team in the Bay of the Bengal. Also, a couple of aircarafts named 'P8 I' and 'Dornier' have been deployed for search of the missing flight.