An Indian Air Force AN-32 plane enroute to Port Blair from Chennai has gone missing with 29 people on board on Friday morning.
The plane took off from the Tambaram air base near Chennai at 8.30 am, and was supposed to land around 11.20 am. The last contact with the plane was around 15 minutes after take-off.
"It was found missing. As of now, we will term it as overdue," a Navy spokesperson DK Sharma was quoted as saying by NDTV.
The plane has an emergency beacon locator, which usually gets activated if there is a crash. It was a courier flight with mostly service personnel on board.
A massive search operation has been launched by the air force, Navy and Coast Guard in the Bay of Bengal.
The Navy has sent five surveillance aircraft, including a Dornier, and 13 ships to the region at full speed. The ships are Sahyadri, Rajput, Ranvijay, Kamorta, Kirch, Karmuk, Kora, Kuthar, Shakti, Jyoti, Ghariyal and Sukanya.
There are more than 100 Russian-made AN-32s in service with the IAF. It is an aircraft that can fly for up to four hours without refueling and operate in all weather conditions.
Ukraine has offered for the joint production of Indias AN-132 transport aircraft despite problems in AN-32 upgrade due to the non-availability of components by Ukraine. “SE-Antonov offered Indian enterprises to join efforts in An-132 aircraft construction, offering the ministries and departments of the country – to order it,” head of Ukrainian delegation, UKROBORONPROM Director General Roman Romanov said during DefExpo 2016 that concluded Thursday
The Indian Air Force is expecting to receive tenders from private companies to upgrade the aging fleet of Russia AN-32 transport aircraft and MiG-29 fighter aircraft this month. The IAF last year had invited bids from private parties for upgradation of AN-32 transport and MiG-29 fighter aircraft but only a single tender was received for the AN-32s
The Ukrainian manufacturer of the AN-32 transport aircraft, Antonov Aeronautical Scientific/Technical Complex , has been awarded a $400 million order to upgrade the entire AN-32 fleet of Indian Air Force (IAF) under an estimated $400 million contract. The Indian media reported that the AN-32s were fast approaching the end of their "total technical life'' of 25 years by this year-end which promoted the Indian MOD to issue one of its largest upgrade contract to date
In an effort to infuse fresh life into its trusted workhorse. the AN-32, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will begin an upgradation programme for over 80 aircraft it has, in its inventory, early next year
Ukraines state-owned Antonov has assembled a modernised version of An-32 aircraft without any components made in Russia. Photos have been published on Facebook, confirming that the plane is almost ready: its fuselage has been fully assembled, as well as wings and PW150A engines manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Canada have been installed,
The Indian Air Force is modifying its medical norms for pilots and new applicants by striking off a number of abnormalities or ailments from the list that deemed pilots to be medically unfit for flying. Speaking on the sidelines of the 64th International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine on Monday, Air Marshal Pawan Kapoor, Director General Medical Services (Air), said no evidence was found that spinal deformities like Schmorl's nodes affect flying, though it was earlier thought that it may lead to fracture in case of ejection or other such situations, PTI reports
India has called off the search for aircraft AN-32, which went missing two months ago over Bay of Bengal with 29 passengers onboard. The search was called off more than a week ago after they searched the seabed in the four locations with the submersible, NIOT director Sateesh C Shenoi was quoted as saying by
Indian Air Forces MiG-29 combat aircraft upgradation is in final stages. The 11 Base Repair Depot (11 BRD) of Air Force Station at Ojhar in Nashik which undertakes maintenance and overhauling MiG series combat aircraft, is currently engaged in upgradation of MiG 29, PTI reported Friday
The Indian Air Force has declared that its 29 personnel on-board the AN-32 aircraft missing since July 22 this year have been presumed dead and search operations have ended. The Indian Air Force on Thursday communicated to the families of the personnel,
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