Indian Coast Guard Recovers 3 Missing Bodies From Dornier Aircraft

With this, the desperate air, water and underwater search that went on for 34 days has finally come to a grim conclusion.

Published: 14th July 2015 12:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th July 2015 01:38 PM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: Over a month after they went missing along with the Dornier aircraft, the remains of the three missing crew onboard the flight were retrieved from the bottom of the sea late last night, the Indian Coast Guard announced here on Tuesday.

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The search mission had recovered the wreckage of the aircraft off Cuddalore coast, which gave a fresh impetus to the search operations. On Monday night, the remotely-operation vehicle that has been carrying out underwater searches found the remains of the crew – the pilot, Deputy Commandant Vidyasagar; co-pilot Deputy Commandant Subash Suresh, and navigator Deputy Commandant MK Soni.

With this, the desperate air, water and underwater search that went on for 35 days has finally come to a grim conclusion.

The remains were brought to Coast Guard station at Meenambakkam, said Coast Guard commander Inspector General SP Sharma at a hurriedly convened press conference here today.

“The State forensics laboratory would conduct the DNA test to identify the remains before handing over the bodies,” Sharma said.

“We are seeking the assistance of the foreign company that manufactured the Flight Data Recorder to recover information contained in it,” he added. The aircraft had weaponry if there was an attack, Sharma said in reply to a query.

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