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Debris of suspected missing IAF AN-32 found near Chennai coast

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‘Samudra Ratnakar’, a Geological Survey of India’s (GSI) ship,  has captured images of 75 pieces of debris about 200 nautical miles off Chennai coast. The wreckage is suspected to be of Indian Air Force AN-32 which went missing last month with 29 people on board.

GSI’s Samudra Ratnakar, which is part of the search operations, has detected some linear pieces at the depth of around 3,000 metres.

The GSI officials said that the detected objects could even be rocks on the sea bed.

The IAF spokesperson wing commander Anupam Banerjee confirmed, “The ship has tracked some echoes from the seabed but it will be a long process to verify if there is any debris belonging to the AN-32.”

Several teams from Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Coast Guard and GSI are involved with search operation to find the missing plane.  

IAF AN-32 took off from Chennai’s Tambaram air base on July 22 from for Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands with 29 people on-board. Soon after take-off the Indian Air force plane disappeared from the radars of the air traffic control board.

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