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MiG 29KUB trainer aircraft operating at sea meets with accident

Efforts are on to locate the missing pilot.

A twin seater MIG-29K fighter jet of the Indian Navy crashed in the Arabian Sea off Goa on Thursday evening.

One pilot has been recovered while search is on for a second missing pilot.

“A MiG-29K trainer aircraft operating at sea ditched at about 1700 hrs on November 26. One pilot has been recovered and search by air and surface units is in progress for the second pilot,” the Navy said in a statement on Friday.

An inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident, the Navy added.

A MIG-29K trainer had crashed in Goa after engine failure due to bird hit on November 16 last year. Both the two pilots ejected safely in the incident.

India had contracted 45 MIG-29Ks from Russia, which are based in Goa and operate off the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.

INS Vikramaditya, along with the fighter, recently saw extensive participation in the Malabar naval exercise along side US Navy carrier USS Kitty Hawk in the Northern Arabian Sea. The exercise held in two phases saw participation of India, Australia, Japan and the US.

Source: thehindu.com

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