Massive search operation goes on for missing pilots in Ranjit Sagar Dam helicopter crash

Jammu: Massive Searches were carried on on Tuesday to locate the two pilots missing after the helicopter crash in Ranjit Sagar Dam in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

According to defence statement, Military authorities are leaving no stone unturned to search for the helicopter which crashed and sank into the Ranjit Sagar Dam on Aug 3, 2021 along with two pilots. Indian Army is coordinating the efforts of Indian Navy deep divers team consisting of  two Officers, four  JCOs and 24 Other Ranks, Indian Army Special Forces divers team consisting of 2 Officers, one JCO and 24 Other ranks, multibeam sonars, side scanners, remotely operated vehicles and underwater manipulators which have been flown in from Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai and Kochi and pressed into action at the crash site of the dam. Experts, specialised equipment and divers are being continuously flown in and international assistance is also being sought.

The defence statement added that "No efforts are being spared for early conclusion of the search operation. A small area of 60m by 60m has been localised and special sonar equipment flown in from Kochi is being employed to enable the search operations to enter their final phase".

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