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India official says air force plane with 29 on board missing

FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, file photo, an Indian Air Force's (IAF) AN-32 transport aircraft releases chaff as it flies past the IAF Day Parade in New Delhi, India. A spokesman for India's defense ministry says the Indian air force has lost contact with a transport plane AN-32 with 29 people on board. A massive search by the air force, navy and coast guard has been launched. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi, file)

FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, file photo, an Indian Air Force's (IAF) AN-32 transport aircraft releases chaff as it flies past the IAF Day Parade in New Delhi, India. A spokesman for India's defense ministry says the Indian air force has lost contact with a transport plane AN-32 with 29 people on board. A massive search by the air force, navy and coast guard has been launched. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi, file)  (The Associated Press)

A spokesman for India's defense ministry says the Indian air force has lost contact with a transport plane with 29 people on board.

Nitin Wakanker says the AN-32 aircraft took off from the southern city of Chennai at 8.30 am Friday. It was slated to reach the coastal city of Port Blair three hours later but had not been in contact for nearly three hours beyond its arrival time.

A massive search by the air force, navy and coast guard has been launched.

No other details were immediately available.