IAF plane with 29 on board missing

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IAF plane with 29 on board missing

New Delhi, July 22: An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force with 29 people on board went missing over the Bay of Bengal on Friday, Defence Ministry officials said.

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The aircraft was flying from Chennai to Port Blair. Those on board included six crew members.

Officials said it was “courier flight” with service personnel on board.

A major search and rescue operation has been launched by the Indian Navy in the Bay of Bengal.

Navy officials said that one P-8I surveillance aircraft, one Dornier and four ships have been deployed in the search and rescue operation and more assets are being dispatched.