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IAF Transport Plane Disappears Over Bay of Bengal

Indian Air Force Plane Missing Live Updates: Antonov AN-32 Plane Goes Off Radar Over Bay Of Bengal, 29 People On Board

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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.

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An Indian Air Force AN-32 plane has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal. In this photo, parked Indian Air Force’s transport aircrafts Antonov An-32 and Dornier Do 228 are seen from the air traffic control on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, Sept. 23, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

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.

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