Indian Air Force plane goes missing after take-off

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DELHI: An Indian Air Force transport went missing shortly after take-off from from Assam’s Jorhat, local media reported.

The aircraft was carrying eight crew members and five passengers, NDTV reported.

The Antonov An-32 took off from Jorhat at 12:25 pm for the a landing strip in Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh.

The aircraft last contacted ground at 1 pm and since then there has been no contact.

 

A search operation has been launched to track down the missing aircraft in the terrain that is mountainous and heavily-forested.

The landing and take-off approaches to Mechuka are extremely difficult.

In 2016, an Indian Air Force An-32 disappeared while flying over the Bay of Bengal after taking off from Chennai for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The search and rescue operation became India’s largest such operation for a missing plane on the sea in history but the aircraft was never found.
All 29 people onboard were presumed dead.
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