Indian Military Transport Plane Missing in Bay of Bengal

46435693 - kiev, ukraine - july 7, 2012: indian air force cargo planes an-32 during the maintenance and equipment upgrade
Indian air force AN-32 cargo plane.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An Indian air force plane carrying 29 military personnel to a remote island chain in the Bay of Bengal went missing on Friday, the military said.

The Russian-made AN-32 was on its way to Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar chain of islands, from the southeast city of Chennai when it disappeared from radar. There were six crew on the aircraft, a workhorse of the air force.

A navy spokesman said surveillance planes and ships were searching for the aircraft. It was carrying service personnel to the strategic islands near the Malacca Straits, where India has a military base.