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20 days on, no trace of missing pilot of chopper that crashed into Ranjit Sagar Dam

Last Updated on August 23, 2021 at 4:41 pm

The search and rescue operations for the pilot of the chopper that crashed into Ranjit Sagar Dam on August 3 is still going on.

“The defence forces are employing best of the equipment available in the country to locate the wreckage which includes; Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles, Handheld Navigation System with Sonar, Side Scanner Sonar with Echo Sensor & Portable Transducer, Divers Propulsion Vehicle, Multi Beam Sonar and Submarine Rescue Unit of Navy. In addition, Special Forces Commandos’ along with Marcos of Indian Navy are carrying out continuous diving in the areas being identified through the technical means” said an official statement.

To facilitate the same, Indian army has also created a large floating platform from where all diving operations along with the launch of specialist equipment’s are being executed. Various agencies like NDRF, Civilian experts and Dam authorities have also been incorporated in the search operations.
Indian Navy has been constantly upscaling and upgrading the equipment being used for this search and salvage operation. The challenge of operating remotely controlled equipment at a depth where human intervention is not feasible and where the visibility is not more than a few inches are being handled by incorporating electronic Multi Beam Sonars.