Soldier from coastal Karnataka was onboard missing IAF plane

Soldier from coastal Karnataka was onboard missing IAF plane

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-07-23 15:34 Mangaluru: A defence personnel rom coastal Karnataka was also onboard the Indian Air Force plane which went missing on Friday.According to sources, Ekanath Shetty (48) of Guruvayanakere in Beltangady Taluk in Dakshina Kannada district was also one among 29 persons gone missing along with the IAF plane.Ekanath Shetty familyHe had returned to work three days ago after spending a brief vacation with family members.Shetty’s wife received a phone call from the IAF, stating that her husband was also onboard the flight.He was part of the Defence Service Corps and had joined the Air Force after serving in the Army.The AN-32 transport plane left the Tambaram air base near Chennai at 8.30am on Friday and was to have landed around 11.45am. It fell off the radar at 9.12am, 280km east of Chennai.According to an officer, the aircraft may have plunged rapidly from an altitude of 23,000 feet.