U.S. planes take part in search for Indonesian submarines after air runs out

Banyuwangi, Indonesia (AP) —Indonesia is a naval submarine off Bali on Saturday, hours after US reconnaissance aircraft and vessels from other countries appear to have depleted the oxygen supply of 53 crew members. I proceeded with the search. Participate in hunting.

There is concern that KRI Nanggala 402 may sink too much to reach or recover in time. After the last reported dive off the resort island on Wednesday, contact was lost and the Navy Commander said it was expected to run out of oxygen early Saturday morning.

“We will continue to search until we find it, and whatever the outcome,” said Indonesian military spokesman Javala Winbo.

An American reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8 Poseidon, will land early Saturday and will participate in the search with 20 Indonesian ships, an Australian warship equipped with sonar, and four Indonesian aircraft.

Singapore rescue vessels are also scheduled for late Saturday, and Malaysian rescue vessels are arriving on Sunday, intensifying underwater hunting, Winbo said.

He said the Indonesian waterway vessel was still unable to detect previously detected unidentified objects with high magnetism located at a depth of 50 to 100 meters (165 to 330 feet).

“The object is floating in the water, so it may be moving,” he said.

Indonesian military, navy and police chiefs will hold a press conference late Saturday.

There were no signs of life from the submarine, but the family wanted a large search effort to find the ship in time.

“The family is in good shape and continues to pray,” said Ratich Wardhani, sister of the 49-year-old crew Wisnu Subiyantoro. “We are optimistic that Nangara can be rescued by all crew members.”

Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered all efforts to find a submarine and urged Indonesians to pray for the safe return of their crew.

The search focused on the area where the oil slick was found near the start of the last dive, but there is no conclusive evidence that the oil slick is from a submarine.

Navy Chief of Staff Yud Margono may have spilled oil from a crevice in the submarine’s fuel tank, or the crew may have released fuel and liquid to reduce the weight of the ship and bring it to the surface. Said there is.

However, the Navy believes the submarine has sunk to a depth of 600-700 meters (2,000-2,300 feet). This is much deeper than the submarine’s collapse depth of 200 meters (655 feet), and the water pressure is higher than the hull can withstand.

The cause of the disappearance is still unknown. The Navy said an electrical failure could have prevented the submarine from performing emergency procedures to resurface.

According to the Indonesian Ministry of Defense, the German-made diesel-powered KRI Nanggala 402 has been in use in Indonesia since 1981, carrying 49 crew members, 3 gunners and their commanders.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago with more than 17,000 islands, faces increasing challenges to recent maritime claims, including numerous incidents involving Chinese ships near the Natuna Islands.


The Associated Press writer Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia contributed to this report.