Body of MiG-29K pilot found 11 days after crash: Sources

Body of MiG-29K pilot found  11 days after crash: Sources
Commander Nishant Singh, the Indian Navy pilot who was operating a MiG-29K fighter when it crashed on November 28. (Twitter handle of Lt Gen Satish Dua)
NEW DELHI, DEC 7 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/7/2020 12:30:50 PM IST

The remains of the Indian Navy pilot, who had ejected over the Arabian along with a trainee on November 26, have been located, official sources said today.

Commander Nishant Singh, the instructor at the controls of the MiG-29K jet he was flying with another pilot, had gone missing following an accident over sea. His co-pilot was located and rescued immediately.

The trainee pilot informed officials that he had spotted a second parachute after he got out of the aircraft.

Four days after the incident, on December 1, Navy specialists located the primary wreckage of the Russian-built twin-seat fighter. Sources told NDTV that the ejection seat of Commander Singh wasn’t not present at the site.

The MiG-29K is fitted with the Russian-built K-36D-3.5 ejection seat, widely considered the most sophisticated in the world. In the event of the ejection handles being pulled, the pilot in the rear seat is ejected first, followed by the pilot in the front.

Sources indicate the fighter was at a very low altitude when the pilots ejected.

The government conducted an intensive aerial, coastal, and surface search operation involving naval ships and aircraft. Divers carried out underwater searches using specialised equipment to map the seabed in the area around the primary wreckage site, the sources added.

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.

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