A Dornier aircraft of the Indian Coast Guard with three personnel onboard went missing late Monday night shortly after it took off from Chennai.
This is the second incident involving Dornier surveillance aircraft in the last three months. In March, the Navy lost a Dornier surveillance aircraft when it crashed off Goa coast, killing two crew members.
“The missing Dornier aircraft was inducted in the Coast Guard in 2014 and “was being flown by highly experienced crew,” Sitanshu Kar, Ministry of Defense Spokesperson tweeted regarding the incident.
The Dornier Do 228 is a twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft, manufactured by Dornier GmbH and Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL). At Present, Indian Air Force operates 40 Do 228-201 with a further 14 on order and the Indian Navy operates 25 Do 228-201 and 1 Do 228-101 with a further 6 on order.