An Indian Air Force transport plane with 29 personnel on board has been reported missing over the Bay of Bengal today.
According to the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Antonov-32 transporter aircraft took off from Chennai (Madras) at 08:30 local time (03:00 GMT), bound for Port Blair in the eastern archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar. It was scheduled to land at 11:30. A search has been launched.
The plane was carrying service personnel to strategic islands near the Malacca Straits, where India has a military base.