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Indian Navy's RPA ditched at sea, wreckage not spotted yet

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:48 IST

Days after the Indian Air Force (IAF) plane AN-32 went off radar, a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) has met with the same fate, the Indian Navy confirmed in a Press Release on 27 July.

The RPA, that belonged to the Indian Navy, was on a routing training mission from INS, Garuda, when it appears to have ditched at sea, said the Press Release. After taking off at 6:35 pm, the aircraft's engine gave way, and collapsed into the sea at 9 sea miles from Kochi, at about 7:30 pm.

Search operations have been underway, but the wreckage from the ditched aircraft has not yet been spotted. An IN Donier and ALH have been deployed to conduct a thorough aerial search.

Meanwhile ships at sea equipped with divers and other necessary equipment have also been diverted to the crash area, which has a depth of 24 metres, to locate and recover the RPA.

The Press Release also specifies that no personnel were injured in the incident. A Board of Inquiry has been formed to investigate the incident.

First published: 28 July 2016, 8:51 IST
 
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