An Indian Air Force (IAF) plane with 29 people on board has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal amid inclement weather. The Navy, the Coast Guard and the IAF have launched a joint search and rescue operation. Of the 29 people on board, six are crew members.

TNN | Jul 22, 2016, 01.34 PM IST

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NEW DELHI: An Indian Air Force (IAF) plane with 29 people on board has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal amid inclement weather.

The IAF’s AN-32 plane took off from Tambaram in Chennai for Port Blair in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands when it lost radar contact around 8:45 am. Its estimated time of arrival in Port Blair was 11.30 am.

The Navy, the Coast Guard and the IAF have launched a joint search and rescue operation. Of the 29 people on board, six are crew members.

The Navy’s has involved one P8I aircraft and one Donier aircraft and four ships — Karmukh, Gharial, Jyoti and Kuthar – for its search operation.

The aircraft can fly for up to four hours without refuelling.

More military assets are being sent to help in the search and rescue operation.

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