Indian Air Force Antonov An32 missing

In memory of the brave hearts!! Indian Air Force | Antonov An32 | K2743 went missing over Bay of Bengal while flying To Port Blair from Chennai, yesterday on 22nd July 2016 with 29 persons on board. Resulting into massive search & rescue operation for missing plane. As spotted in the photograph taken in Nov 2015 at Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar by our spotter friend Sergey Kustov from Russia.

Military officials said the weather had been rough in the Bay of Bengal for the last two days during the monsoon season.


Source : http://www.apt-india.net/2016/07/meteor-m2-22-july-909am.html


Weather image received from NOAA satellite by Devendra Kulkarni - APT-India.net
The aircraft was last detected on radar 151 nautical miles east of Chennai, making a left turn with a rapid loss of height from 23,000 ft, according to a note provided by the air force to the Defence Ministry. There were 21 military personnel on board including six crew. The other people on board were civilians, some family members of soldiers deployed on the islands. "It was a routine courier mission to Port Blair, the plane was airborne at 8:30 a.m. and due to land at 11:30," air force spokesman Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee said. It had fuel to fly for four hours and 15 minutes. The plane was overhauled and went through an upgrade in September 2015, according to the note given to the ministry. The plane had reported three snags this month, according to the note - a pressure leak from the port door, a hydraulic leak and sluggish throttle movement. The defence ministry said four surveillance planes, 12 ships and a submarine were searching for the aircraft in one of India's largest search and rescue operations in recent years.
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