Indian Air Force’s AN-32 aircraft enroute Port Blair from Chennai has gone missing with 29 people on board.

The aircraft, which took off at 9am from Chennai’s Tambaram air base, was on a routine weekly flight for Air Force personnel.

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

The Russian made AN-32 is considered to be one of the most reliable machines that the IAF has. The aircraft has the ability to take off and land from small airstrips. Nearly 100 AN-32s are in service with the IAF currently.

More details are awaited.