Indian Military Plane Missing

Massive search on after plane carrying 29 goes missing above Bay of Bengal

Antonov-32 transporter aircraft

The Indian Air Force has confirmed that an Antonov-32 transporter aircraft went missing during a flight between Chennai and Port Blair.

It is believed the plane was carrying 29 service personnel to islands near the Malacca straits, where India has a military base stationed. Anupam Banerjee, Wing Commander, said the last contact with the plane was made 15 minutes after takeoff.

The plane then made a sharp left and dipped in height.

The Press Trust of India news agency said AN-32s can fly for a maximum of 4 hours without needing to refuel.

According to the Ministry of Defence, 8 warships, 4 aircrafts, 12 ships and a submarine have been deployed in the search for the plane.



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