Chennai: Oceanographic research vessel RV Samudra Ratnakar, deployed for locating missing IAF aircraft AN-32, has found some debris over a 4,500 square kilometre area underwater. However, there is no clarity on whether the pieces found belong to the aircraft.
The ship which belongs to the Geological Survey of India has found linear pieces in 14 places in the search region, The Hindu reported.
The parts have not yet been hauled on to the search vessels. They are at a depth of 3,000 metres underwater which makes it possible that they could be rocks, plate movement or volcanic activity, said the report.
Winds of 20-25 kilometres per hour make the task of verification more difficult, the report stated.
Scientists on board Samudra Ratnakar have sought a re-survey of the region to ascertain confirm if the objects are from the aircraft....