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Indian Air Force plane along with 29 people on board goes missing

A major search and rescue operation has been launched by the Indian Navy in the Bay of Bengal

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IAF AN-32 maximum speed is 530Kmph. Image Source: Indian Express
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  • A transport plane of the Indian Air Force with 29 people on board went missing today, July 22, while flying from Chennai to Port Blair
  • The AN-32 aircraft took off at 0830 hours from Tambaram in Chennai and the last contact with it was made 16 minutes later
  • A massive search operation has been launched by the IAF, Navy and the Coast Guard

A transport plane of the Indian Air Force with 29 people on board went missing today, July 22, while flying from Chennai to Port Blair.

The AN-32 aircraft took off at 0830 hours from Tambaram in Chennai and the last contact with it was made 16 minutes later, Defence Ministry officials said.

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The aircraft was flying from Chennai to Port Blair. Those on board included six crew members.

 

IAF AN-32 goes missing. Image Source: www.india.com
IAF AN-32 goes missing. Image Source: www.india.com

Officials said it was “courier flight” with service personnel on board. A major search and rescue operation has been launched by the Indian Navy in the Bay of Bengal.

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The aircraft can fly for up to four hours without refuelling.

Navy officials said that one P-8I surveillance aircraft, one Dornier and four ships have been deployed in the search and rescue operation and more assets are being dispatched. (IANS)

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A Health Application Launched By The Indian Air Force

The 'MedWatch', is first such health app to be built by any of the three armed forces.

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FILE - A woman poses for a photograph next to an Indian Air Force (IAF) light utility helicopter on display at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, February 18, 2015. Image source: Reuters

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has launched a mobile health app to provide health information to the users, including first-aid and other health and nutritional topics, Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday.

The ‘MedWatch’ was launched on Monday on the occasion of IAF’s 86th anniversary and was conceived by the the doctors of IAF and developed in-house by Directorate of Information Technology (DIT) “with Zero financial outlay”.

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IAF jet crashed in West Bengal. Image Source: Hindustan Times

“‘MedWatch’ will provide correct, Scientific and authentic health information to airwarriors and all citizens of India.

“The app is available on www.apps.mgov.gov.in and comprises host of features like information on basic First Aid, health topics and nutritional facts; reminders for timely Medical Review, vaccination and utility tools like Health Record Card, BMI calculator, helpline numbers and web links,” the ministry said in a statement.

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The ‘MedWatch’, it added, is first such health app to be built by any of the three armed forces. (IANS)

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