Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Search area for missing IAF plane AN-32 expands

Chennai: The search for Indian Air Force’s missing AN-32 aircraft entered fourth day in an expanded area with no sign of debris or survivors yet, the Coast Guard announced on Monday.

“We have not been able to locate any debris or survivor till now. This is the fourth day of the search operation. The search has been intensified and has been expanded based on the surface drift. As far as today (Monday) is concerned, there are vessels carrying out the search. Aerial search is being carried out as well,” Coast Guard Commander (East) Inspector General Rajan Bargotra told reporters here.

Mr Bargotra said that during the last four days, the area of search operation had been extended and “we are looking in all directions.” He said that search area on surface constitutes 14,400 sq nautical miles, whereas 16,000 sq nautical miles are covered through aerial search.
“At sea, we have 13 Naval vessels, two Coast Guard ships; there have been about 12 air sorties  involved in the search and rescue operation,” he said.
Stating that a linear search was conducted side by side, he said, “We are picking up some items but they don't belong to the aircraft. Presently the search is continuous.”
26/07/16 Deccan Chronicle
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