An Indian military plane carrying more than 20 people has reportedly gone missing, over the Bay of Bengal, in the northeastern Indian Ocean.
An Indian military plane with more than 20 people on board has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal, the Indian air force (IAF) has confirmed.
The Antonov-32 transporter aircraft took off from Chennai 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 local time. A search operation has been launched.
The IAF operates more than 100 Antonov-32 aircraft.
A navy spokesman told Reuters that surveillance planes and ships were looking for the missing aircraft, which was carrying service personnel to strategic islands near the Malacca Straits, where India has a military base.