Chennai: No signs of missing Indian Air Force (IAF) AN 32 “courier flight” aircraft as the search continued for second day today which took off from Chennai coast to Port of Blair on Friday.
Indian’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar reached Tambaram in Tamil Nadu on Saturday and went on an aerial survey in an IAF plane over the area where search and rescue operations are going on.
According to Defence Ministry official, an Indian Air Force aircraft AN-32 went missing yesterday with 29 people on board.
“The aircraft departed at 8.30 a.m. and was due at Port Blair at 11.30 a.m. The aircraft has not reached. Search operations are on,” a senior IAF official told media persons over telephone from New Delhi.
“We have deployed Coast Guard aircraft and ships to search for the plane,” a Coast Guard Official told.
The official said that the aircraft was on its way from Chennai to Port of Blair. Among the 29 people on board there were six crew members in the aircraft which went missing today.
An IAF official said that the aircraft was “courier flight with service personnel on board.
The IAF along with Indian Navy has started major hunt and rescue operation of the aircraft in the Bay of Bengal.
The Indian Navy official has said that they have rolled out one P-8I surveillance aircraft, one Dornier and four ships have been deployed in the search and rescue operation.