An AN-32 aircraft went missing while on its flight to Port Blair on Friday after it took off from Tambaram air base in Chennai at 8.30 am and lost control after 15 minutes.
What is AN-32?
A light military multi-purpose transport aircraft.
To transport cargo over short and medium range air routes. It can be used for carrying military personnel, aerial delivery of paratroopers and cargo. Its ambulance version can be used in medical emergencies.
The aircraft can withstand adverse weather conditions better than the standard AN-26. Has a high manoeuvrability for flights to mountain-based airfields with difficult approaches.
Fitted with all modern cargo handling devices.
Behind the name
The aircraft is named after Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov, who was a Russian aircraft designer. AN stands for Antonov, born in 1906. He died in 1984.
Number of Engines
Use in India
AN-32 is used by the IAF for medium lift operations.
The IAF is using 105 AN-32s
More than 240 AN-32 aircraft are being operated for military purposes in countries all over the world.
Versions of AN-32
AN-32B aircraft for commercial airlift.
AN-32P fire-fighting aircraft, using 8 tons of fire suppression liquid
Price of AN-32
Can fly at 1,350 nautical miles
Can cruise at 8100 metres altitude
Can reach a higher maximum cruise speed at 286 knots (329 mph)
Seats 50 passengers
Can fly for up to four hours without refuelling