An Indian Air Force plane, traveling from the southern Indian city of Chennai to the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, went missing early Friday. According to local reports, 29 people were on board the Antonov AN-32 plane.
The plane reportedly took off from Tambaram, a suburb in Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, at 8:30 a.m. local time (10:30 p.m. EDT Thursday). The aircraft, which was en route to the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands — a union territory of India situated in the Bay of Bengal — was reportedly on courier duty.
Authorities said that the plane, with six crew members on board, was scheduled to land in Port Blair at 11:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. EDT), local news network NDTV reported.
A massive search operation is reportedly being conducted by the Indian Air Force, the Indian Navy, and the coast guard.
The Indian Air force has more than 100 AN-32s in service, and the aircraft can fly for up to four hours without refueling.