India has launched major research on Friday to find an air force plane en route to the Indian islands of Andaman and Nicobar which disappeared with 29 people on board.
Surveillance aircraft as well as naval ships and boats of coastguard began searching for the aircraft of military transport Russian-built Antonov AN-32, probably disappeared over the Bay of Bengal.
The aircraft disappeared shortly after takeoff from Chennai, the southern metropolis of the country.
“Research operation and major relief is on for the AN-32 was to reach Port Blair (capital of the islands) at 11:30. Maximum done as fast deployment, “said the Ministry of Defence on twitter.
The last contact with the aircraft, which was carrying mostly military personnel and six crew members, was established fifteen minutes after takeoff.
“A search operation is underway. The plane took off at 8:30 (0300 GMT) and was scheduled to land at 11:30 in Port Blair, “capital of the territory, said the commander Anupam Banerjee.
According to the Press Trust of India, these aircraft can fly four hours without the need for refueling.
The Indian Air Force, which has a lot of Russian military equipment and especially a hundred AN-32, has seen many accidents and technical failures.
One of the worst crashes AN-32 occurred in 1999 when a plane crashed near New Delhi airport, killing 20 people on board and three civilians on the ground.
In 2013, 20 passengers of a military helicopter were killed in the plane crash in northern India.
The air force progressively renew its fleet, part of which dates back the 60s.
Experts believe that the delay in the renewal of this equipment may jeopardize the national security of India, some devices being almost unusable.
Major military contracts were delayed, the best known being the purchase of Rafale fighter jets from France, the negotiations were launched in 2012. The contract was revised down to 36 devices but does is still not signed.
India is the first arms importer in the world and the US its leading supplier. Its aim is to develop your own hardware, like the Tejas light fighter, the first two copies were recently delivered to the air force.