Mumbai: The body of the pilot of the MiG-29K trainer aircraft commander Nishant Singh was found on Monday, 12 days after he went missing. After an extensive search, the body of the missing pilot was found in 70 meters of water 30 miles off the coast of Goa.
Indian Navy officials said that the MiG-29K fighter plane crashed over the Arabian Sea on 26 November.
Another pilot who was on board the ailing aircraft was rescued soon after the accident, which had arrived in mid-sea. The MiG-29K aircraft was flying away from Goa on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
Nine warships, 14 aircraft as well as fast interceptor craft of the Indian Navy were deployed to locate the now deceased pilot, the first of the Indian Navy. The Navy said on November 29 that some debris of the crashed fighter jet was recovered during the search process.
“Along with nine warships and 14 aircraft engaged in search efforts, navy fast interceptor craft have also been deployed along the coast for water exploration. In addition, the search for maritime and coastal police continues and the surrounding fishing villages have been sensitized,” the Navy said in the statement.
(With Agency Inputs)