24 July 2016
Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met family members of a few employees: who are from the missing Naval Aircraft: While no survivor or even debris of AN-32 has been found so far, relatives of persons on board pray for their safe return. AP CM, Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday visited the homes of N. Chinna Rao and P. Nagendra Rao and consoled their family members. Naidu told them that the defence authorities were making all efforts to trace the aircraft. There are Eight employees of NAD(Naval Armament Depot) are from Visakhapatnam and its surroundings among the 29 people aboard the AN-32 aircraft which disappeared minutes after it took off from the Tambaram Air Force base in Chennai. The aircraft was on its way to Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Vizagers from the NAD’s team who were on board with the missing aircraft are chargeman B. Samba Murthy, armament fitters Nagendra Rao, R.V. Prasad Babu, P. Chandra Senapati, Charan Maharana, trademan mates Chinna Rao and G. Srinivas Rao and examiner Bupender Singh.
The AP CM spoke to the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju and requested to brief about the efforts which are being carried out in searching the aircraft. He wanted to take as much information as possible from the higher officials in order to update the same to the missing employees’ families.
Naidu reassured the families that the central and state governments would stand by them in these difficult times and would extend every possible assistance.
Even as the defense forces widened their search for the AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force that went missing on Friday, thousands of residents of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands prayed and hoped for the safe return of all the crew members and passengers.
As per the military sources, on Saturday it was confirmed that the search was widened from 50 nm X 50 nm to 75 nm X 75 nm (nautical miles). The family members who went missing are from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Their family members are devastated by the news but some expressed the hope that the aircraft would be founded. Cornel . Yogesh Sharma who is the Public Relations Officer from the Andaman Nicobar Command, confirmed on Saturday that no debris or survivors had been found yet by the search time.