NEW DELHI: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday came out in support of the families of the three Coast Guard crew, who went missing with the aircraft in June.
"One month on still no trace of missing #ICGDornier & its brave crew. My prayers are with the families," Rahul, who is likely to meet the distraught family soon, tweeted.
With no clue emerging about the whereabouts of the aircraft and its three personnel onboard, the father of one of the officers has written an 'open' letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying they are "dying every second" and longing to get some bit of news about these men.
The parents of Deputy Commandant Manoj K Soni (Navigator of the aircraft), who were till now in Chennai with their daughter-in-law, are now camping in the national capital to urge the PM, Defence Minister and others to seek international help in getting a clue about their son and his two colleagues.
The Coast Guard Dornier plane, CG-791, had taken off for a routine maritime surveillance sortie in coastal Tamil Nadu on June 8 and since then has been untraceable despite the CG and the Navy undertaking a massive search operation in the sea and the land.