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New Delhi: A search and rescue mission is now on for an Indian Coast Guard plane that went missing last night while on a routine surveillance round. It was last seen on the radar at 9:23 pm after which it disappeared and failed to return to base at 10 pm. The Crew of missing Dornier comprised Dy Comdt Vidyasagar (Pilot), Comdt MK Soni (Co-pilot) and Dy Comdt Subhash Suresh(Navigator), ministry of Defence spokseperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted.
Kar also added that the “missing Dornier aircraft was the latest induction to the the ICG, in 2014, and was being flown by highly experienced crew.”He stated that 5 ICG & 4 IN ships, aircraft including LRMS aircrafts P8I have now been roped in to locate the missing Dornier and the search area for the missing aircraft expanded to over 110 KM from the coast and along the coast up to Rameswaram. Local fishing communities and marine police have also been activated to conduct the search.
With inputs from agencies.