Antonov An-32 a twin-engines turboprop Indian Airforce transport aircraft went missing on Friday (July 22) with 29 people on board. The flight took off from Tambaram, near Chennai to Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
It has been five days until today (July 26) there is no report of the aircraft. The Aircraft named “AN-32” that disappeared on Friday continues to be the object of a coordinated search and rescue operation launched by the Air Force, the Navy, and the Coast Guard.
Regardless of the intense search operation, no debris or survivors have been found…..13 Naval vessels, 2 Coast Guard ships and assets from Andaman and Nicobar Islands are engaged in the operation, but there is no good news.
Several agencies, including National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information services (NCOIS), were coordinating the search operation. The search is done on the surface level. The ice- class research vessel “Sagar Nidhi” has been called from Mauritius for the search operation.
Referring to the absence of signals from the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ETL) of the aircraft has made the rescue task more difficult. The Indian Air Force and other agencies are putting enough resources into the search operation, and the search area had been increased from the initial 14,400 square nautical miles.
Meanwhile, sources in the Air Force said the reason of the incident is too early to be discovered but indicated that weather could have played a role.