Chennai: Samudra Ratnakar, a ship owned by Geological Survey of India, has found objects identical to the debris of AN 32, the IAF aircraft that went missing with 29 people on board, sources at IAF said.
Exactly a month ago, the aircraft went missing over Bay of Bengal within minutes after it took off from the IAF airbase in Tambaram. The search team that involved nearly 20 ships and aircraft did not find anything concrete so far.
“It is true that the ship has traced some echoes from the seabed in the Bay of Bengal well within the search area. But we cannot come to any conclusion immediately since there are a lot of process to verify to confirm whether the debris belongs to the AN 32 that went missing on July 22, 2016,” IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee told Deccan Chronicle.
The GSI ship has picked up several echoes but they need to be further investigated, Mr Banerjee said, adding that the search teams are concentrating below the water to look for any possible debris of the missing plane.