Saturday, July 22, 2017

IAF aircraft flying over sea fitted with Underwater Locator Beacons after IAF AN-32 disappeared last year

Chennai: Saturday will mark the first anniversary of the disappearance of the IAF's AN-32 transport aircraft with 29 people onboard over the Bay of Bengal.
The aircraft, which took off from the IAF Station at Tambaram near Chennai for Port Blair, went off the radar around 9.15am on July 22, 2016.
"All IAF aircraft flying over the sea have been equipped with Underwater Locator Beacons (ULBs)," said retired Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur.
A massive search and rescue operation involving the Navy, Indian Coast Guard (ICG), IAF and vessels of the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) was launched to trace AN-32.
This apart, international emergency response teams and satellites from USA were also used for the purpose. Though 290 search and rescue sorties were undertaken, the flight could not be located. Last year, ICG officials involved in the search operations said the emergency locator transmitter (ETL) of the missing aircraft was not emitting any signal.
22/07/17 Yogesh Kabirdoss/Times of India