Body of missing MiG-29K pilot recovered by Navy 11 days after crash

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: December 7, 2020 8:49:08 pm

The Indian Navy has a fleet of around 40 MiG-29K fighter jets and some of them operate from INS Vikramaditya

Eleven days after an MiG-29K trainer aircraft crashed into the Arabian Sea off the Goa coast, the Navy on Monday recovered the remains of a human body close to the wreckage site, believed to be that of missing pilot Commander Nishant Singh. The Russian-origin jet had taken off from aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on November 27, and went down at around 5 pm. While one pilot was rescued, Nishant Singh had gone missing after ejecting from the plane.

The Navy said in a statement that the “mortal remains of a human body have been recovered in the vicinity of the wreckage site” and “the samples are being sent for DNA testing for confirmation of identity”.

“All sections of the aircraft wreckage including ejection seats have been accounted for using side scan sonar and HD cameras. The FDR/CVR along with other important material have been recovered so far for analysis/investigation,” the statement said. “Aerial search by MR aircraft and helicopter sorties amounting to 270 hours have been undertaken so far,” the Navy said.

On November 29, the Indian Navy had recovered some debris of the MiG-29K aircraft. “Some…

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