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Indian Navy’s MiG-29K trainer aircraft crashes into sea; one pilot rescued, another missing

The Indian Navy said one pilot has been recovered, and searches by air and surface units are in progress to locate the second pilot. An inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 27, 2020 8:44:22 pm
Navy finds some debris of crashed MiG-29K in Arabian seaThe Indian Navy has a fleet of around 40 MiG-29K fighter jets and some of them operate from INS Vikramaditya

The Indian Navy Friday said its MiG-29K trainer aircraft operating at sea crashed at around 5 pm the previous day. While one pilot has been rescued, a search operation is underway to find the second. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

“A MiG-29K trainer aircraft of Indian Navy operating at sea ditched at about 1700 hrs on 26 Nov 20. One pilot has been recovered and search by air and surface units is in progress for the second pilot. An inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident,” the Indian Navy said in a statement.

As per news agency PTI, the Russian-origin jet had taken off from aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.

The INS Vikramaditya was part of the recent Malabar exercise involving the navies of India, the US, Australia and Japan. The Indian Navy has a fleet of around 40 MiG-29K fighter jets and some of them operate from the aircraft carrier.

Search on for missing pilot Lt Cdr Nishant Singh

Over 24 hours since the MiG-29K trainer aircraft crashed into the Arabian Sea, the search is on to locate Navy pilot Lt Cdr Nishant Singh. In May this year, Singh had penned a letter to his senior which had gone viral on social media.

The letter–titled ‘Permission to bite the bullet’–was filled with military jargon, all a metaphor for marriage. The young navy pilot had then sought his senior’s approval to “willingly sacrifice myself in absolute peacetime, completely outside of the line of duty and follow brave men into the graveyard spiral of matrimony.”

“I regret to be dropping this bomb on you at such a short notice, but as you would agree, I intend to a drop a nuclear one on myself and I realise that just like all the split second decisions we take up in the air in the heat of combat, I cannot afford to allow myself the luxury of time to re-evaluate my decision,” Singh said, disclosing that he was going to marry.

And in his handwritten reply in red ink, the commanding officer had warned him “Welcome to hell!”

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