IAF aircraft AN-32 goes missing from Bay of Bengal

New Delhi: According to Defence Ministry official, an Indian Air Force aircraft AN-32 went missing today with 29 people on board.

“The aircraft departed at 8.30 a.m. and was due at Port Blair at 11.30 a.m. The aircraft has not reached. Search operations are on,” a senior IAF official told media persons over telephone from New Delhi.

“We have deployed Coast Guard aircraft and ships to search for the plane,” a Coast Guard Official told.

The official said, the aircraft was on its way from Chennai to Port Blair. Among the 29 people on board there were six crew members in the aircraft which went missing today.

An IAF official said that the aircraft was “courier flight with service personnel on board.

The IAF along with Indian Navy has started major hunt and rescue operation of the aircraft in the Bay of Bengal.

The Indian Navy official has said that they have rolled out one P-8I surveillance aircraft, one Dornier and four ships have been deployed in the search and rescue operation.