With massive search operation for the Indian Air Force AN-32 aircraft that went missing with 29 people onboard entering its fifth day, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that authorities are trying their best to find out the leads about the plane.
While speaking at the 17 Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations in Delhi, Parrikar said ” We have put all our resources to work and are trying our best to find out leads. We are not able to hear it as of now. Can’t say if it is operating.”
Twenty-nine people were on board the Russian-built aircraft on a routine flight from Air Force Station, Tambaram, near Chennai to Port Blair.
According to reports, scientific organisations such as INCOIS, NIOT and ISRO have also collaborated in the search operations by providing satellite imaging as well as floating deep water apparatuses to try and find the black box of the aircraft.
On asked about infiltration bids at border, Parrikar said ” As far as we are concerned,we have ensured the borders is kept sealed, no infiltration bid is successful.”
” We are doing our job properly, I don’t think there are many encounter these days,” he added.