09/06/2015 9:57 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Coast Guard Dornier Aircraft Goes Missing With 3 Crew Members

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Daman, INDIA: Dornier aircraft of the Indian Coast Guard Aviation fly past as Indian Defence Minister Shri AK Anthony attended the Indian Coast Guard Aviation Silver Jubilee at Indian Coast Guard Air Station in Daman, 22 May 2007. The Government is working out a schedule for the replacement of the ageing platforms and systems of the Coast Guard in the forthcoming Annual Acquisition Plans. AFP PHOTO/SAM PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

A Coast Guard Dornier surveillance aircraft with three crew members on board went missing last night off the coast of Chennai, aviation sources said today.

The aircraft took off from Chennai at 5:30 PM yesterday and lost contact at around 10 PM in Tiruchirapalli, they said.

It went missing about 95 miles south off Chennai.

The Indian Navy and the Coast Guard have launched an extensive search and rescue operation in the area. Four Navy and five Coast Guard ships and one P8-I aircraft have been pressed into action to trace the missing plane.

Coast Guard sources said the aircraft was on a routine surveillance sortie over sea when it went missing.

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