ISTANBUL, June 29 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Nautilus explorer, famous for locating the wreckage of the Titanic in 1985, set sail on Friday to the eastern Mediterranean to join search and rescue efforts to find a Turkish fighter jet downed by Syria.
The semi-official Anatolia news agency reported that the 64- meter deep-sea research vessel, currently based in Turkish coast city of Bodrum, is expected to arrive in the area in two days to help locate the wreckage of the F-4 reconnaissance plane which was shot down by Syria last Friday.
The Nautilus is equipped with remote-controlled vehicles that can reach the depth of up to 4,000 meters.
The Turkish military authorities said on Thursday that two pilots and the wreckage of the Turkish jet were still missing.
The General Staff said in a statement that search and rescue teams failed to find the two missing pilots despite they swept an area of over 1,600 square sea miles to recover the jet wreckage.