Indian Air Force (IAF ) AN-32, An Indian military transport, aircraft en route to Port Blair from Chennai went missing with 29 people, including 6 crew on board. The IAF Aircraft Antonov An-32  took off at 8.30am from Tambaram in Chennai and last contact with it was made 16 minutes later,  was on a routine weekly flight for Air Force personnel. Massive Search operations under the surveillance of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar are going on and range of area to search (Over Bay of Bengal) has been expanded but still no signs of Plane or survivors.

 

Indian Air Force Aircraft AN-32

Indian Air Force Aircraft AN-32

Massive search operation to locate the missing IAF aircraft Indian Air Force AN 32 in the  Bay of Bengal is underway

The Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard have launched a massive search operation to locate the missing aircraft in the  Bay of Bengal.

 

Massive search /Hunt operation is in progress amidst bad weather conditions and poor visibility wherein IAF(Indian Air Force), Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard have pooled in all available resources to look for any possible sign of the aircraft in this vast swath of Bay of Bengal between Chennai and Port Blair.

 

How Search Operations are undergoing?

 

IAF has deployed two C-130 aircraft equipped with Electro-optical and Infra-Red sensors. Indian Navy P8i aircraft equipped with Synthetic Aperture Radar along with Dorniers are also taking part in this operation.

Indian Navy has deployed 13 ships in the search area and is being assisted by six ships of Indian Coast Guard and merchant vessels in the area. Indian Navy has also deployed one submarine for the task. The Maritime Rescue and Coordination Center at Chennai has been coordinating round the clock surveillance towards search effort along with Southern Air Command of IAF, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard.

Meanwhile we must Hope and pray that all 29 people on board Indian Air Force AN 32 are safe.

 

 

Who are 29 People who were on board Indian Air Force AN 32, which went missing?

Out of 29 people who were on-board six were crew members along with eleven IAF personnel, two from Indian Army and one person from Indian Coast Guard. Eight civilians working with Indian Navy along with one sailor from Indian Navy was also travelling in the aircraft. Defence Minister  Manohar Parrikar has directed all commanders to be in touch with the families of the missing service personnel.

 

Manohar Parrikar reached Chennai and  conducted a two-hour aerial survey

Manohar Parrikar reached Chennai today, Then Defence Minister conducted a two-hour aerial survey of the area that’s being searched for an AN-32 Indian Air Force (IAF) plane that went missing Friday morning with on board 29 Air Force Staffs.

Defence Minister reviewed the ongoing search operations initiated to locate the missing Indian Air Force AN-32 aircraft during his visit to INS Rajali, the Naval Air Station at Arakkonam this morning. The Defence Minister  Manohar Parrikar was briefed on the search operations undertaken in the last 24 hours and utilization of assets from the Navy, Air Force and the Indian Coast Guard. The Defence Minister directed that if need arises more resources be diverted for the SAR operations. Defence Minister also reviewed the situation on ground as well as while flying over the area of operations in a P8 i Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

He later Tweeted “Visited Arakkonam today to monitor search ops for IAF AN 32. Max resources in use by IAF, Navy, Coast Guard in difficult weather conditions— Manohar Parrikar”

 

 

 

What is IAF AN-32 Aircraft / Airplane

 

The An-32 is essentially a re-engined An-26. The launch customer was the Indian Air Force, which ordered the aircraft partly due to good relations between then USSR leader Leonid Brezhnev and then India leader Indira Gandhi.

The An-32 is designed to withstand adverse weather conditions better than the standard An-26. The high placement of the engine nacelles above the wing allowed for larger diameter propellers, which are driven by 5,100 hp rated AI-20 turboprop engines, providing almost twice the power of the An-26’s AI-24 powerplants. Estimated price for a modernised An-32 version is 15 million US dollars. Source-Wikipedia

 

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