Parrikar, who was briefed by IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, will get a detailed briefing on the search and rescue operations being undertaken by the Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard, official sources said.

The aircraft went missing over the Bay of Bengal on its way from near Chennai to Port Blair, raising concern over its fate.

The massive search operation has been launched for tracking the upgraded plane which made the last radio contact at 0846 hours, 16 minutes after take off from Tambaram air base.

The passengers on board included a woman IAF officer of flight lieutenant rank who is married to a Coast Guard officer based in Port Blair. The aircraft was reportedly last spotted on the radar at about 9.15 AM over 150 nautical miles from Chennai coast.

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