The Wreck Of The Shot Down Turkish Plane Sighted And The Bodies Of The Pilots Recovered
5 Jul 2012 1 Comment
Today Turkish general Staff published photos from the
search and rescue salvage operations Turkish Navy is conducting off Syrian coast.
As reported earlier, the research vessel, E/V Nautilus was able to send her ROVs and broadcast live images from the wreck of the Turkish reconnaissance airplane RF-4ETM. This broadcast also confirmed what we have been fearining: The two pilots have died and their bodes were recovered from the bosom of the sea.
This is a short summary of the all naval operations explained by Turkish General Staff:
- Between 22 and 26 June 2012, 1 frigate, 1 fact attack craft, 1 patrol boat, 2 Coast Guard vessels, 1 plane and four helicopters searched a 70×23 miles area. During this time about 30 floating items belonging to the plane have been found.
- Between 26 June and 2 July 2012 the survey ship of Turkish Navy A-599 TCG Çeşme searched for the wreckage of the airplane with her side scan sonar at an average depth of 1230 meters. during this operation TCG Çeşme identified 8 large pieces.
- Between 3 and 4 July, the research vessels E/V Nautilus broadcasted images for the 8 large pieces identified by TCG Çeşme before and found the bodies of the crew.
- TCG İnebolu an ocean capable tug with a capacity from salvaging from 3000 meters depth recovered the bodies of the pilots and started to collect pieces from the wreckage of the aircraft.
- TCG İnebolu and E/V Nautilus are continuing with the salvaging.
Here some photos published by Turkish General Staff:
For more photos and for the location information of the wreck click here.