After A Month Of Search, Debris Of Missing Dornier Aircraft Located Off Tamil Nadu Coastline

10/07/2015 6:56 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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The wreck of the German World War II Dornier Do-17 plane is transported on a barge to harbour near Ramsgate on June 11, 2013 following a salvage operation that raised it from the sea bed. A British salvage team pulled off a painstaking operation to lift a German World War II bomber plane from its grave off the coast of southeast England. Covered with barnacles and missing a wing, the dripping wreck of the Dornier Do-17 plane was slowly raised to the surface at Goodwin Sands, Kent, at the mouth of the English Channel. AFP PHOTO/WILL OLIVER (Photo credit should read WILL OLIVER/AFP/Getty Images)

CHENNAI—After a little more than a month of intensive search, the debris of the missing Coast Guard Dornier aircraft and its Flight Data Recorder were located today off Tamil Nadu coastline, a top official said.

"We have found the debris of the aircraft and the flight data recorder of the missing Dornier today and it was found in the location of search along Tamil Nadu coastline somewhere off Chidambaram-Cuddalore," Coast Guard Inspector General Satya Prakash Sharma told .

The flight data recorder and the debris were located by Reliance vessel Olympic Canyon, he said. He declined to elaborate further stating it will be made available soon.

The Dornier flight with three crew members, all deputy commandants, went missing on June 8 after a routine maritime surveillance sortie along Tamil Nadu coastline.

An intensive search involving aircraft, ships of the Coast Guard, Navy and several other government agencies including the Coastal Security Group of Tamil Nadu Police was carried out for weeks together.

The family members of those on board the Dornier had urged the Defence Ministry and Coast Guard authorities to speed up the search and end the uncertainty surrounding the disappearance of the aircraft and its crew.

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