Indian CG Continues Search for Missing Aircraft
The search for missing Indian Coast Guard aircraft continues uninterrupted by the Indian Coast Guard and Naval ships and aircraft.
INS Sandhayak, a hydrographic survey vessel of the Navy, arrived in the area to assist in the search efforts on the night of 11/12 June. The vessel is using its underwater detection equipment to detect any transmission from the Sonar Locater Beacon of the aircraft. Aerial search by Paramotors through Coastal Security Group of Tamil Nadu was undertaken 30 kms south of Cuddalore on 11 June, not approachable by sea. INS Sindhudhvaj, a submarine of the Indian Navy is expected to join the search by 13 June afternoon.
Assistance of the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) has also been sought for analysis of the Satellite imagery of the area, for possible location of the aircraft. The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad has been requested to undertake SAR model programming for the missing aircraft and to identify the Most Probable Area (MPA).
National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai has been approached for oceanographic analyses of the area and feasibility of deploying their Research Vessel ‘Sagar Nidhi’ for augmenting the subsurface search.
A team from M/s Omcar Foundation, Thanjavur has been embarked onboard ‘ICGS Sarang’ for undertaking underwater photography and acoustic survey. Unrelenting efforts by Coast Guard and Naval ships /aircrafts to locate the missing Dornier and crew continues.