Search for the missing Indian Air Force AN-32 aircraft continues for the second day. IAF officials report that no sight of debris has been found near Bay of Bengal.
“The search is going on. If there is any substantial development it will be made known,” Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee, Public Relations Officer for IAF told IANS over phone from New Delhi on Saturday.
In a brief to media, a Coast Guard official said that there was sightings of any aircraft debris in the Bay of Bengal by the search team.
According to the experienced pilot with Indian defence forces, a catastrophic accident in a “no talk/radio zone” or “dead zone” could destroy an aircraft suddenly
The missing IAF aircraft carries 15 personnel from the IAF, army, navy and Coast Guard; eight
civilians who were family members of the personnel and six crew members on board.
Describing the practise as ‘routine sortie’, the officials said that, Indian Air Force AN-32 aircraft took off from Tambaram Air Force Station in Chennai at 8.30 am, yesterday; It was expected to land at Port Blair at 11.30 a.m. Upgraded AN-32 belongs to 33 Squardon
The sources said that the last contact with the aircraft was established around 15-20 minutes after the take-off.
(With inputs from Agencies)