Pilot Missing 20 Days After Crash, Army Says Fully Committed To Retrieving


Pilot Missing 20 Days After Helicopter Crash, Army Says 'Fully Committed To Retrieving'

Army mentioned NDRF, civilian specialists and dam authorities have been concerned within the search. File

New Delhi:

The seek for the lacking pilot of an Army helicopter that crashed into Punjab’s Ranjit Sagar dam on August 3 is in full swing, the Army has mentioned, including that it ”is absolutely dedicated” to “retrieving the second crew member of the in poor health fated helicopter”.

The Army has additionally mentioned it ”empathises with the grief of relations of the crew”.

The remains of one of the pilots on board, Lieutenant Colonel A S Batth, was recovered from the reservoir on August 15.

Neel Joshi, brother of the missing pilot Captain Jayant Joshi, told India07 yesterday that the family is disappointed with the equipment being used in the search operation.

“We are very happy as to the human effort. However, by way of the gear that’s getting used, we had been assured that there could be a extra cohesive and extra expeditious motion on extraction of the stays or the helicopter. But neither of this stuff have occurred,” he said.

“We had been assured that worldwide help will probably be sought in case the current gear that’s obtainable proves ineffective. The gear has proved ineffective, it’s now 20 days,” he said.

In a statement issued by Defence PRO Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand, the Army has said the force is “using the perfect of the gear obtainable within the nation to find the wreckage which incorporates; Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles, Handheld Navigation System with Sonar, Side Scanner Sonar with Echo Sensor and Portable Transducer, Divers Propulsion Vehicle, Multi-Beam Sonar and Submarine Rescue Unit of Navy.”

It also said Special Forces Commandos along with Marcos of the Navy are carrying out continuous diving in the areas.

The Army said several agencies like the NDRF, civilian experts and dam authorities have also been involved.

The search operations are being spearheaded by a Commodore-rank officer who is an expert in naval rescue operations along with the Indian Army Brigadier having expertise in civil engineering aspects, the Army said.

“The Indian Army is absolutely dedicated for retrieving the second crew member of the in poor health fated helicopter. The Indian Army empathises with the grief of relations of the crew of the in poor health fated Helicopter,” it added.


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