Defence Minister🛡 Manohar Parrikar was at the Air Force Station✈ Tambaram on Saturday and undertook aerial survey of the search🔎 & rescue operations for the IAF AN-32 aircraft🛩(carrying 29 people) that went missing yesterday. Navy & IAF officials👮 briefed Parrikar over the operations. The aircraft went incommunicado around 8:45 a.m on Friday after taking off from Tambaram, Chennai. Planes and naval ships⛴ have been deployed in the Bay of Bengal🌊. The plane rapidly lost altitude😯 from 23,000 feet after manoeuvring to the left. Apart from the Navy's 2⃣ P8i Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, 2⃣Dornier aircraft, 12 ships and a submarine the IAF's C130J and AN-32 have put on task to locate transmissions from the emergency locator beacon🚨.