Missing AN-32 aircraft: IAF declares those on-board as presumed dead, families informed

On July 22, the ill-fated aircraft of the IAF, with 29 personnel on board, including four officers, had gone missing over the Bay of Bengal.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 15, 2016 2:08 pm
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The Indian Air Force on Thursday communicated to the kin of personnel on the missing AN-32 plane that those on-board have been presumed dead and search operations have ended.

Multiple aircraft and ships of the IAF, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard were scouring the waters in an area some 150 nautical miles east of Chennai, the last known location of the aircraft, braving high winds and choppy monsoon seas. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was personally monitoring the situation and the search and rescue teams failed to obtain any leads. Families of the victims had repeatedly been contacting IAF officials hoping to get some information on the outcome of the searches.

On July 22, the ill-fated aircraft of the IAF, with 29 personnel on board, including four officers, had gone missing over the Bay of Bengal on its way from Chennai to Port Blair, soon after taking off from Tambaram air base.

The Indian Air Force claims it was in touch with the aircraft till about 9.30 am post which it could not establish contact. The ETA or expected time of arrival of the flight was 11.30 am. The Chennai ATC claimed it was in touch with the aircraft till 8.12 am.

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    ABHISHEK TIRKEY
    Jul 18, 2017 at 1:38 pm
    Its nice to see and read your news thank you for your information.
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      Shilpa
      Jun 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm
      Don't know what to say. My friend, my classmate, "Pushpendra Badsara" was one of the pilot in that flight. He was a warrior and he lived like one. His sister is still in a hope that her brother will come back and she is so positive about it. I get tears when I see her. What is the Government doing? Are they still serious enough? His sister has approached "Sushma swaraj" and "Narendra Modi" many times on Twitter, but they do not respond. No one knows how the flight got disappeared just like that. If there is someone who can take this into consideration, I request you, I plead you, I beg you "Please help us find my Friend and all the other family members and help them reunite with their family.. Please....
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        alam
        Sep 15, 2016 at 9:04 am
        may almighty give courage and patience to all the families of the shaheed.
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          PN badri
          Sep 15, 2016 at 9:19 am
          RIP for all those traveled in the aircraft. As per BBC particular Russian aircraft nothing but flying coffin considering the technology standards.
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            balbir s.
            Sep 15, 2016 at 8:55 am
            The missing AN 32 plane with our soldiers is a very sad news. We lost our fellow Indians. A question arises, 'how much our technology is advanced. Certain events remain unsolved. We and other developed nations brag a lot of our achievements. Our condolences to the bereaved families. GOD BE MERCIFUL ON THOSE WHO LOST THEIR NEARS AND DEARS.
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