2016 Indian Air Force An-32 disappearance

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2016 Indian Air Force An-32 disappearance
K2717 Antonov An.32 Indian Air Force (8414615752).jpg
An Indian Air Force Antonov An-32 similar to the missing aircraft
Date 22 July 2016 (2016-07-22)
Summary Missing, presumed crashed into the sea
Site Bay of Bengal, India
Aircraft type Antonov An-32
Operator Indian Air Force
Registration K-2743
Flight origin Tambaram Air Force Station, Chennai, India
Destination Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India
Occupants 29
Passengers 23
Crew 6
Fatalities 29 (presumed)
Missing 29
Survivors 0

On 22 July 2016, an Antonov An-32 twin engine turboprop transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force disappeared while flying over the Bay of Bengal. The aircraft was en route from Tambaram Air Force Station in the city of Chennai on the western coastline of the Bay of Bengal to Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There were 29 people on board. Radar contact with the aircraft was lost at 9:12 am, 280 kilometres (170 mi) east of Chennai.[1][2] The search and rescue operation became India's largest search operation for a missing plane on the sea in history.[3]


There were 29 people on board the aircraft: six crew members; 11 Indian Air Force personnel; two Indian Army soldiers; one each from the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard; and eight defence civilians working with Naval Armament Depot (NAD).[4][5] The civilians were from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.[6]

Disappearance and search[edit]

2016 Indian Air Force An-32 disappearance is located in India
Tambaram Air Force Station
Tambaram Air Force Station
Port Blair
Port Blair
Origin and destination airports

The Antonov An-32 took off from Tambaram Air Force Station, Chennai at 08:30 local time on 22 July 2016. It was expected to land in Port Blair around 11:45 local time. The Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard launched a large search and rescue operation, using a submarine, 12 surface vessels and five aircraft.[5]

On the third day after the disappearance, 16 ships, a submarine and six aircraft were deployed to search for the missing An-32 in the Bay of Bengal, about 150 nautical miles east of Chennai.[7][8] On 1 August, it was confirmed that the aircraft had no underwater locator beacon (ULB).[9][10] It did have two emergency locator transmitters (ELTs).[9]

On 15 September 2016, the search and rescue mission was called off; all 29 people on board were presumed dead and their families were notified.[11][12][13]

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