All leads have turned out to be bad: Manohar Parrikar on missing AN-321 min read . Updated: 26 Jul 2016, 11:12 PM IST
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar says advanced research vessel, Sagar Nidhi, will help in searching for the missing Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft
New Delhi: The search and rescue operation for the missing Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 aircraft entered the fifth day on Tuesday even as hopes of finding alive the 29 defence personnel on board receded as all leads till now have turned out to be bad.
“A lot of resources are in place. All leads till now have turned out to be bad. We are trying to concentrate on some links or sound which has emitted from some area. Trying to find out, that needs to be ascertained but there were some false leads," defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday.
He said an advanced research vessel, Sagar Nidhi, of the National Institute of Ocean Technology has been called from Mauritius.
“...But for any deep vessel to operate, it will need specific area. So last time (Dornier crash) a submarine had identified the location and then we had send it (deep sea vessel). It is a secondary operation after initial identification," Parrikar said.
Sagar Nidhi comes with dynamic positioning system which keeps its position stable, required for oceanographic research. It has a huge deck area for deploying advanced vessels.
Parrikar also refuted claims of a senior Coast Guard official who said that the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) had not functioned during the Dornier crash. “I think the submarine finally located the Dornier with the same beeps. Initially sound might not have come due to depth of water but when the submarine went in there, they identified the location. Can’t say whether it is operating or not now but we have not been able to hear it," he said.
People familiar with the matter in the IAF said the reason of the incident is too early to be ascertained but indicated that weather could have played a role. “The weather was bad but the pilot had taken the required steps," said one of the people.