A MiG-29K trainer aircraft of the Indian Navy was lost over the Arabian Sea off the Goa coast, on Thursday evening, as per emerging reports that are still coming in.
Search and Rescue Mission
Officials in the Indian Navy said one pilot has been rescued while a search by air and surface units are in progress for the second pilot. The incident is reported to have taken place at around 5 p.m. on Thursday in the Arabian Sea, it said, adding that a high-level inquiry has been ordered to investigate the matter.
Naval Statement On MiG-29k Crash
“A MiG-29K trainer aircraft operating at sea met with an accident at about 1700 hrs on 26 November. One pilot has been recovered and search by air and surface units in progress for the second pilot. An inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident,” the Indian Navy said.
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.
MiG-29 aircraft operate from aircraft carrier INS ‘Vikramaditya’. In the recently concluded Malabar exercise, where navies of India, USA, Australia and Japan participated, MiG-29s were seen in action.
February MiG-29K Crash
In February this year, an Indian Navy MiG aircraft crashed while conducting a routine sortie in Goa. The MiG-29K aircraft was conducting a routine training sortie off the coast of Goa when it crashed. The pilot of the aircraft had ejected safely and was rescued. India Today reported that the twin-engine, single-seater aircraft developed a “technical snag” due to which it crashed. The aircraft had flown from the INS Hansa base at Vasco in South Goa.