MiG-29K trainer aircraft crashes; one pilot rescued, search for other underway

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Nov 27, 2020, 09.42 AM(IST)

A MiG-29K jet (FILE) Photograph:( Others )

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The Indian Navy added that one pilot recovered and progress to search the second one by air and surface units is ongoing

One pilot was rescued while the search for the other one is underway after a MiG-29K trainer aircraft crashed into the Arabian sea on Thursday evening, the Indian Navy said in a statement on Friday. 

"A MiG-29K trainer aircraft operating at sea met with an accident at about 1700 hrs on 26 Nov 20," the Navy said in a statement. 

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It added that one pilot recovered and progress to search the second one by air and surface units is ongoing. 

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"An inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident," it said. 

Sources said the jet had taken off from aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, reports news agency PTI. 

The carrier was part of the recently-held Malabar exercise involving the navies of India, the US, Australia and Japan 

About 40 MiG-29K fighter jets are under the possession of Indian Navy and some of them operate from the aircraft carrier. 

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