Indian Air Force’s AN-32 aircraft goes missing
New Delhi: An Indian Air Force transport aircraft has gone missing after taking off from an airbase in Assam on Monday.
The last contact with the aircraft — an Antonov An-32 military transport aircraft — was at around 1 PM today after taking off from Jorhat airbase at 12:25 PM.
As many as 13 persons were onboard the plane, including eight crew members and five passengers.
The Indian Air Force has launched Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft and C-130 Special Ops aircraft on a search mission for locating the missing aircraft.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted about the incident.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to Vice Chief of IAF, Air Marshal Rakesh Singh Bhadauria regarding the missing IAF AN-32 Aircraft.
Spoke to Vice Chief of @IAF_MCC, Air Marshal Rakesh Singh Bhadauria regarding the missing IAF AN-32 Aircraft which is overdue for some hours.
He has apprised me of the steps taken by the IAF to find the missing aircraft. I pray for the safety of all passengers on board.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) June 3, 2019
The AN-32s joined the IAF in 1983 and continue to remain in service. The air force has a fleet of more than 100 AN-32s.