The mystery of Indian military plane that vanished into thin air remains unsolved

02:21 PM | 17 Aug, 2016
The mystery of Indian military plane that vanished into thin air remains unsolved
On 22 July, an Indian military plane with 29 individuals on load up, including six team individuals, disappeared over the Bay of Bengal.

Over three weeks and an enormous pursuit operation later, there is no hint of the plane.

Safeguard Minister Manohar Parrikar says specialists he's addressed are "puzzled by the sudden disappearance" of the plane.

The Antonov-32 transport aircraft took off from the southern city of Chennai (Madras) at 08:30 local time (03:00 GMT), for a three-hour flight to Port Blair, in the eastern archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar.

The plane moved to a cruising elevation of 23,000ft (7,010m) over the sea before vanishing from air traffic control screens at roughly 09:12 local time, exactly 270km (167 miles) east of Chennai.

Seven to eight minutes before the plane vanished, the pilot said he was changing course to one side to keep away from a thundershower cloud.

Records show it fell "very fast" from its cruising stature and vanished from the radar. There was no distress call from the cockpit.

"It just disappeared - no SOS, no transmission at any frequency. That is the worrying part," says Mr Parrikar.

The progressing chase for the missing plane, say authorities, is conceivably the greatest - and most difficult - in India's avionics history.

Air force and coast guard planes have flown more than 1,000 hours covering 360 nautical miles trying to locate debris.

All they have found are approximately 30 floating objects - majorly remote ocean rubbish and nothing remotely connected with the missing plane. Two dozen electronic transmissions grabbed in the zone originated from different sources. Satellites have experienced a mental blackout in grabbing any signs from the plane.


The missing Antonov-32 is a piece of the airforce's 100 or so strong fleet of the Ukrainian-made airplane, depicted as the workhorse of the force. These planes were accepted into the force somewhere around 1984 and 1991. Flying corps officers point to the unwavering quality of the airplane, saying it has been landing consistently at Daulat Beg Oldi, the world's most elevated airstrip, situated in Ladakh.

Mr Parrikar says the missing plane had been upgraded, and flown for nearly 179 hours after that. The pilot had flown more than 500 hours on this route.

The plane was furnished with emergency locator transmitter, a portable emergency locator transmitter which pilots initiate in the cockpit and individual locator guides, that are appended to life vests and dinghies. "We have been looking from signals from all three," says an official. "But we have received nothing."

In conclusion, no one has yet found out exactly what happened to the plane. Did it drop out of air? Did it dive into the ocean? The minister accepts there is next to no plausibility of treachery.

Be that as it may, there's no motivation to expect this will remain a mystery. The debris of a Dornier observation airplane from the Indian Coast Guard, which vanished with two pilots and a guide, on 8 June 2015 was recouped over a month later after a boundless inquiry operation.

"It is like searching for a needle in a haystack. We are still hoping for a miracle," said an air force official.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 9 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Saturday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.

Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 307
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Japanese Yen JPY 3.41 3.52
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 746.71
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold remains under pressure in Pakistan; Check today gold rates here

Gold prices witnessed negative trend in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 9 December 2023

On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,600, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,560.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs199,465, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs190, 400 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,200.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Saturday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Karachi PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Islamabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Peshawar PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Quetta PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Sialkot PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Attock PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Gujranwala PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Jehlum PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Multan PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Bahawalpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Gujrat PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Nawabshah PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Chakwal PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Hyderabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Nowshehra PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Sargodha PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Faisalabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Mirpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530


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