The Indian Navy has intensified its search operation to trace the missing AN-32 Aircraft on Friday, announcing that a P-8I aircraft has undertaken a search mission from Arakonnam along with helicopters, transport aircraft, UAVs & other sensors.
The Indian Air Force tweeted about it:
The Air Force has added that the Indian Army, police, state govt, paramilitary forces and local population were aiding in the search mission. They have shared that Senior air staff officer of the Eastern air command have been overseeing the mission which has been on since two days.
The Air Force has also added that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has been in contact with the families of those who were onboard the craft.
The Indian Air Force had lost contact with the Antonov AN-32 military transport aircraft on Monday when the twin-engine plane went missing on after taking off from Jorhat in Assam at 12.27pm with 13 air force personnel on board. It was flying to Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh near the China border. The Aircraft last contacted ground sources at 1 PM - 33 minutes after take-off.