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India finds apparent wreckage from 2016 military plane crash

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India said yesterday it had likely found wreckage from an Indian Air Force transport plane that went missing over the sea almost eight years ago with 29 people aboard.

A Russian-built Antonov An32 was carrying service personnel and six crew members during a routine courier service to India's remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands in July 2016.

It last made contact with air traffic control 15 minutes after taking off from an air force base near the southern city of Chennai.

Search and rescue efforts at the time failed to find any trace of the aircraft after its disappearance.

The ministry of defence said a deep-sea drone surveying the ocean floor in the Bay of Bengal had found debris from a crashed aircraft at a depth of 3,400 metres (11,150 feet) around 140 nautical miles (310 kilometres) south of Chennai.

The images were "found to be conforming with an An-32 aircraft", the ministry said in a statement, adding that the discovery "at the probable crash site" pointed to the debris as "possibly belonging to the crashed IAF An-32".

No other aircraft have been reported missing in the area.

The An-32 is capable of flying for up to four hours without refuelling and is the Indian Air Force's workhorse transport aircraft.

An IAF source told AFP in 2016 that radar data from the missing aircraft showed it making a sharp left turn before rapidly losing altitude.