Human Bones Recovered from Dornier Crash Site


Chennai: The Coast Guard on Tuesday said human bones were recovered from the sea off the Tamil Nadu coast where its Dornier 791 aircraft went missing last month. The Dornier went missing on June 8 with three crew members — D S Vidhya Sagar, Subash Suresh and M K Soni — while it was returning to Chennai after a routine patrolling off the Tamil Nadu coast.

With the recovery of human bones from three different locations at a depth 990 meters on Monday evening, the Coast Guard wound up the search and rescue operation for the aircraft and its crew, said Coast Guard IG S P Sharma on Tuesday. The operation was called off at 6pm on Monday, he added.

Talking to media here, he said Reliance-owned remotely operated vehicle Olympic Canyon retrieved the human bones from an area spread over 700 meters to 1.7 kilometers off the Chidambaram coast. The bones would be sent to the Tamil Nadu Forensic Science Lab in Chennai for DNA testing, he added.

The Olympic Canyon arrived at Chennai port at 3am with the human remains, he added. Last week, the Olympic Canyon recovered the flight data recorder and other parts of the aircraft.