Update: Search and rescue ops in bay of Bengal for missing IAF AN-32


Search operation for the missing AN-32 aircraft of IAF continues uninterrupted for the third consecutive day.  A total of 12 IN ships and 04 ICG ships along with 17 aircraft from Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard have been mobilised towards this operation.

The weather improved marginally today thereby aiding deployment of additional assets and thereby aiding intensification of the search in a larger area (Map Enclosed). The sea state however continues to be rough thus making the conditions challenging.

The family members of all personnel on board were reached out to by their respective Services and were assured that at this hour of uncertainty they are not alone and the government has mobilised all possible assets in one of the largest operation of its kind.

Various other Government agencies have also been requested to provide satellite imagery of the area to aid the operations which will continue till further review of the situation.

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