Indian Navy looses MiG-29K operating from air carrier INS Vikramaditya

The Indian Navy’s MiG-29K trainer aircraft crashed into the sea on Thursday evening. According to reports, while one pilot has been rescued, the second pilot has gone missing.

The Indian Navy in a statement said that a search by air and surface units is underway for the second pilot. The aircraft crashed over the Arabian Sea at 5 pm yesterday. The Navy said that it has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident. “One pilot 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.

Sources told PTI that the Russian-origin jet had taken off from aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The INS Vikramaditya was part of the recent Malabar exercise involving the navies of India, the US, Australia and Japan.

The Indian Navy has a fleet of around 40 MiG-29K fighter jets and some of them operate from the aircraft carrier. This is third crash of MiG 29K in one year.