Times Now 11/27/2020
New Delhi: One pilot was recovered while another one had gone missing after a MiG-29K trainer aircraft of the Indian Navy crashed into the Arabian Sea on Thursday. Search operations for the missing pilot are currently underway.
According to the Indian Navy, a MiG-29K trainer aircraft operating from the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya at the Arabian Sea met with an accident at about 5 pm on November 26.
Out of the two pilots who were onboard the aircraft, one was recovered while the other had gone missing. Search by air and surface units was launched for the second pilot, confirmed the Navy.
A MiG-29K trainer ac operaring over sea reported ditched at about 1700h/ 26 Nov 20. One pilot recovered. SAR (Search & Rescue) operation in progress to look for the 2nd pilot. #IN has instituted an inquiry to look into cause of accident @indiannavy (rep pic) pic.twitter.com/LKxOyKmTRL— Captain DK Sharma (@CaptDKS) November 27, 2020
The concerned authorities have ordered an inquiry to investigate the incident and to ascertain the reason behind the crash.
Later in the day, the Navy confirmed that the search operations are continuing to locate Commander Nishant Singh who has been missing in the MiG-29K crash since last evening.
Last year in November, a MiG-29K of the Navy crashed into the sea after a bird hit in Goa.
The Indian Navy has a fleet of over 40 MiG-29K fighter aircraft based out of Goa and also operated from the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier.