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Missing AN-32: Personally monitoring situation, Parrikar assures family
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 7/30/2016 12:00:00 AM

PUNE: Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar today visited the family of flight lieutenant Kunal Barpatte, who was navigating the Indian Air Force transport plane when it went missing, and reassured them that he was personally monitoring the situation.

Parrikar expressed his shock and sympathy to the parents of the officer. "I am shocked. This was one of the IAF's safest and sturdiest aircraft. How can it go down? I am personally monitoring the situation," he said as he spoke to Rajendra, the father of Kunal.      

The minister said he had instructed Air Force officials to keep in touch with family members of all the crew of the ill-fated plane and provide updates on the search operation.   

Earlier, the parents had complained that despite their repeated efforts to get information after the news of the missing plane broke out, they did not receive a response from the Sulun base of IAF.

A tweet sent by one of the relatives addressing Parrikar led to official contact with the affected family after 30 odd hours.On July 22, the ill-fated aircraft of the IAF, with 29 personnel on board, including four officers, had gone missing over Bay of Bengal on its way from near Chennai to Port Blair. soon after taking off from Tambaram air base.   


Missing AN-32: Personally monitoring situation, Parrikar assures family


भारत डिफेंस कवच की नई हिन्दी पत्रिका ‘डिफेंस मॉनिटर’ का ताजा अंक ऊपर दर्शाया गया है। इसके पहले दस पन्ने आप मुफ्त देख सकते हैं। पूरी पत्रिका पढ़ने के लिए कुछ राशि का भुगतान करना होता है। पुराने अंक आप पूरी तरह फ्री पढ़ सकते हैं। पत्रिका के अंकों पर क्लिक करें और देखें। -संपादक

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