Fate of missing IAF aircraft AN-32 yet not clear, search continues

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Samudra Ratnakar has been looking for the missing IAF AN-32 aircraft (File Photo)
Samudra Ratnakar has been looking for the missing IAF AN-32 aircraft (File Photo)

Even after a month since AN-32 aircraft of Indian Air Force went missing, authorities are still not sure about its fate.

The transport aircraft was carrying 29 personnel when it went missing on July 22 over the

 The search for AN-32, flying from Chennai to Post Blair continued on Monday.

Meanwhile, the officials are waiting for the updation from Samudra Ratnakar- the vessel which belongs to the Geological Survey of India. The vessel has been looking for the missing aircraft and had found some debris over a 4,500 square kilometre underwater, which are assumed to be linked to the missing IAF plane.

However, there is no clarity if the objects found belong to the aircraft. The scientists on board Samudra Ratnakar have asked for a re-survey of the region. The vessel has found linear pieces in 14 places in the search region, according to media reports.

According to reports, the recorded transcript of air traffic radar showed the last pick up of the aircraft was 151 nautical miles east of Chennai when it took a left turn with rapid loss of height from 23,000 feet.

In a detailed statement made in parliament, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had also clarified that the missing aircraft had “adequate lifetime” and had undergone just one overhaul.