After an object has been located in the Baltic Sea, a helicopter was dispatched to the site to establish its possible connection to the crashed An-2 airplane, Lithuania's Environment Vice-Minister Antanas Valys said on Wednesday.
Lithuania's Defence Minister Juozas Olekas will visit the Navy's headquarters in the port city of Klaipėda on Wednesday to inspect the initial results and course of the efforts to locate the missing An-2 airplane and its two pilots, the ministry said.
The Lithuanian airplane An-2, which went missing on Saturday with two pilots aboard, was discovered on the bottom of the Baltic Sea on Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of National Defence said, adding that the search for the pilots continues.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has commented that the search and rescue operation launched in order find a missing An-2 airplane and its two pilots has revealed that Lithuanian institutions responsible for search and rescue missions fail to properly cooperate and coordinate among themselves.
A search mission that continued throughout the night on Tuesday have so far failed to find any traces of the An-2 airplane that went missing on Saturday afternoon over the Baltic Sea. After two and a half days of search by Lithuania's air force and navy, assisted by Latvia, the plane and two pilots are yet to be found.
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