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Debris of IAF’s An-32 aircraft, which went missing over Bay of Bengal in 2016, found after over 7 years

The particles of the Indian Air Drive’s An-32 plane that went lacking over the Bay of Bengal on 22 July, 2016 was found 310 kilometres off the Chennai coast.

The Ministry of Defence, Friday stated, the particles of IAF An-32 was searched by an Autonomous Underwater Automobile (AUV) designed for deep-sea exploration.

“The National Institute of Ocean Technology which functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, had recently deployed an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) with deep sea exploration capability at the last known location of the missing An-32. This search was conducted at a depth of 3400 m using multiple payloads, including a multi-beam SONAR (Sound Navigation and Ranging), synthetic aperture SONAR and high resolution photography,” the Defence Ministry stated.

“Analysis of search images had indicated the presence of debris of a crashed aircraft on the sea bed approximately, 140 nautical miles (approx. 310 Km) from the Chennai coast,” it additional stated.

“The search images were scrutinised and found to be conforming with an An-32 aircraft,” the ministry stated, including that the invention on the possible crash website, with no different recorded historical past of every other lacking plane report in the identical space, factors to the particles as probably belonging to the crashed IAF An-32 (Okay-2743).

Story of lacking IAF An-32 over Bay of Bengal

In July 2016, An-32 with 29 onboard went lacking over the Bay of Bengal. That airplane was by no means discovered and all within the plane had been presumed lifeless within the September of the identical yr.

The airplane took off from Chennai round 8 am on 22 July and was purported to land at INS Utkrosh, an Indian naval air station, in Port Blair, however minutes after the takeoff, the plane misplaced all contact and disappeared off radars whereas it was over the Bay of Bengal.

The disappearance of the plane promoted the armed forces to launch what later grew to become India’s largest search and rescue mission. At one stage, there have been 28 ships and a submarine deployed within the hunt for the lacking airplane.

The plane was a “twin-engine turboprop, medium tactical transport aircraft of Russian origin with a crew of five and capacity to carry 39 paratroopers or max load of 6.7 tonnes”. It had a most cruise velocity of 530 km/hr.

The An-32, also referred to as the ‘Sutlej’ within the IAF, was reportedly the workhorse of the transport fleet that travels far off bases reminiscent of Leh, to ship much-needed provides to the military outposts within the space.

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