NEW DELHI: An Indian Air Force plane carrying 29 people went missing Friday on its way to Port Blair, capital of the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
A search operation is on. The plane was airborne at 8:30 am and was supposed to land at Port Blair at 11:30, Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee said.
The last contact with the plane, which was carrying service personnel and six crew members, was made around 15 minutes after take-off from the southern Indian city of Chennai, the spokesman said.
Surveillance aircraft and navy and coastguard ships have begun searching for the Russian-built AN-32 military transport aircraft, which is believed to have disappeared over the Bay of Bengal.
The PTI news agency reported AN-32s can fly for four hours without refuelling.
Last year, an Indian Coast Guard plane crashed south of Chennai, killing all three on board. Agencies
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