A massive search and rescue operation is currently on in the Bay of Bengal to locate an Indian Air Force’s AN-32 aircraft which went missing today morning with 29 people on board. The plane was on a routine weekly flight from Chennai to Port Blair.
According to reports, the missing AN-32 abruptly turned and plunged from 23,000 feet approximately 280-km out at sea from Chennai.
The plane took off from Chennai’s Tambaram aircraft at about 8:00 am and was scheduled to land at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar islands at around 11:20 am. The plane’s last known contact with the ground control was at 8:46 am after
The Indian Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard have launched a full scale search and rescue operation to locate the missing aircraft. The air force has deployed three aircraft, including a C-130J Super Hercules and four ships while the Navy has pressed several of its vessels into service. INS Karmukh, Gharial, Jyoti, Kuthar, Sahyadri, Rajput, Ranvijay, Kamorta, Kirch etc. are scanning the aircraft’s flight route. | IAF in a death spiral
The Indian Navy has also diverted one of its submarines to detect the transmissions of locator beacon of the missing IAF aircraft.