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LIVE: Indian Air Force plane Antonov AN-32 still missing, Parrikar rushes to Chennai

An Indian Air Force aircraft, with 29 people on-board has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal on Friday.

FP Staff July 23, 2016 09:02:38 IST
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An Indian Air Force aircraft, with 29 people on-board has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal on Friday. The plane was en-route to Port Blair from Tambaram, Chennai, PTI reported.

The AN-32 aircraft took-off from the Tambaram air base at 7.30 am with 29 on-board, including six crew members. The last contact with the plane was made at 7.46 am, and it was last spotted on the military radar over the Bay of Bengal region at 9.30 am on Friday, according to Times Now. 

Times Now also speculated that the craft may have gone missing due to bad weather conditions. The plane was reportedly on courier duty. Joint search and rescue operations have been launched.

The AN-32 aircraft, a transport plane of Russian make, has been with the Indian Airforce for a long time and is considered one of the most reliable aircrafts. It is also one of the largest transport aircrafts that the IAF has.

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