Dornier aircraft
A Dornier aircraft of the Indian Navy. [Representational Image]IANS

Debris of the Dornier aircraft that crashed into the sea on Tuesday might have been found by the Indian Navy. INS Makar, a naval vessel, detected a large metallic object around 60 metres deep in the sea off the Goa coast on Thursday. Navy divers will soon begin their search operation, reports NDTV.

Massive rescue operations have been launched with nine ships been assigned to find the aircraft. Lieutenant Commander Kuldip Joshi is in hospital after being rescued by a fishing vessel. He was captain of the aircraft. A pilot and a woman officer training to be an observer are yet to be found.

Sources involved in the search operation had on Wednesday talked about receiving signals from a life jacket equipped with a personal locator beacon.

Earlier on Tuesday night, a Dornier aircraft of the Indian Navy crashed off the Goa coast. It was on a routine training mission with three personnel on board.

The crash took place about 25 nautical miles south west of Goa. The last contact with the aircraft was reported at 10.08 pm.