Manohar Parikkar to visit Chennai to monitor search operations of missing IAF AN-32 plane

Chennai: On Saturday, search operations for the IAF plane which went missing in the Bay of Bengal on Friday continues. Around 12 Navy and Coast Guard ships have been carrying out search operation since the last night.

The Indian Air Force AN-32 courier flight with 29 on-board took off from the Tambaram airbase near Chennai and was bound for Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands when it went missing on the radar at 9:12 am.

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As per reports, the plane was around 280 km east of Chennai when it fell off the radar.

A P8I, one CGDO and a C130 have also been deployed in the area for the search operations, .

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Also, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will visit Chennai today so as to look into the search operation which is being carried out to locate the missing aircraft.

Parrikar in his statement had yesterday said, “All efforts are being made to trace the missing plane and the service personnel on board.”

Among the 29 people on board, were six crew members, eight civilians, 11 IAF personnel, one Navy and two Army soldiers and a coast guard member. Initial reports suggest that the plane plunged from an altitude of 23,000 feet.

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The pilots had made a call 16 minutes after the plane took off and said that everything was normal.