New Delhi: Over a month after a Dornier aircraft of the Coast Guard went missing with three crew members on board, the Defence Ministry has reported a “major breakthrough” in finding its debris.
As per reports the wreckage of the ill-fated Dornier was found at a depth of 950 meter of the coast of Tamil Nadu. The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) was recovered by RIL’s Olympic Canyon with Indian Coast Guard (ICG) team. The debris were spotted and the flight data recorder was detected by INS Sindhudhwaj on July 6.
The Dornier took off from Chennai on June 8 on a routine surveillance flight. It was last tracked 16 km off Chidambaram coast in Thiruchirapalli by radar at 9:23 pm.
The aircraft was being flown by Deputy Commandant Vidyasagar and had on board Deputy Commandant MK Soni, the co-pilot, and Navigator Deputy Commandant Subash Suresh.
A fleet of at least 10 ships were deployed, including INS Sindhudhwaj to trace the missing aircraft.