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LIVE: Indian Air Force plane Antonov AN-32 missing, 8 naval armaments personnel onboard

NEW DELHI:  An Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 transport plane carrying 29, mostly military personnel, is missing after it took off from Chennai on Friday morning.

More than 12 Navy and Coast Guard ships are looking for the aircraft in the Bay of Bengal. A submarine has also been diverted to the area.

The aircraft, which had six crew members and eight civilians or family members, may have plunged from an altitude of 23,000 feet, said an officer.

The plane left the Tambaram air base near Chennai at 8.30 am for Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar chain of islands. It was to have landed around 11.45 am.

 “It was found missing. As of now, we will term it as overdue,” said Navy spokesperson DK Sharma, in the afternoon.

It was a courier flight taking mostly service personnel to the strategic islands near the Malacca Straits, where India has a military base.

The last call from the aircraft was around 16 minutes after take-off, when the pilot reported that “everything is normal.”

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