A search team on board the Geological Survey of India (GSI) research vessel Samudra Ratnakar has found something that appears to be a part of the missing Indian Air Force AN-32 aircraft on the seabed of Bay of Bengal at a depth of 3.5km. The eightmember team will revisit the spot to conduct another survey .
“The team has seen a linear feature on the seabed that looks like an aircraft (part).But they are not sure yet,“ GSI deputy director general S Raju told TOI.
This is the first suspected sign of the transport aircraft that went missing with 29 passengers on board on July 22, about 15 minutes after it took off from the Tambaram Air Force base to Port Blair.
Samudra Ratnakar, equipped with a multi-beam echosounder, profiler and a side scan sonar has been doing deep-sea search since August 8.The device has so far scanned about 4509sqkm, which is onethird of the designated 16,000sqkm search area located about 270km off Chennai coast. Another research vessel, Sagar Nidhi, belonging to National Institute of Ocean Technology , has also been searching for the aircraft.
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