An Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 plane with 29 people on board is missing after it took off from Chennai this morning.
The plane took off from the Tambaram air base near Chennai a little after 8 am and was heading for Port Blair and was to have landed at 11:30 am. It has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal amid chilly weather. It has been missing for over an hour, say officials.
The Navy, the Coast Guard and the IAF have launched a joint search and rescue operation. The Navy’s has involved one P8I aircraft and one Dornier aircraft and four ships — Karmukh, Gharial, Jyoti, and Kuthar – for its search operation.
In 1999, 21 people died when an AN-32 aircraft crashed just before landing at the Delhi airport.
More details are awaited.