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AN-32 had no underwater meter on board: search futile

Mon, Aug 01, 2016, 05:18 PM
Experts believe that there are no chances of locating the debris of the AN-32 IAF plane that went down in the Bay of Bengal on July 22 because it had no underwater locator on board. That the plane had no underwater meter had come to light following rigorous investigations. Had it been endowed with an underwater meter, the fallen plane would have continuously sent signals about its location, helping the experts to find the debris.

A submarine, 10 warplanes and six navy ships have been looking for the signs of the AN-32 to no avail. Even combing on the surface did not show signs of the plane anywhere.

Some of the planes in India have the underwater meters on board, manufactured by US Artex C-406 and Conrad 406 by France. These start working on impact with the surface. When they start working, satellites and radars can also pick up the signals. Once the signals are caught, in no time a plane could be located. But the AN-32 had no such underwater meter on board.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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