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MiG-29K trainer aircraft crashes over Arabian Sea, 1 pilot rescued

NEW DELHI: A MiG-29K trainer aircraft on Thursday evening crashed over the Arabian Sea. The Navy informed that one pilot has been rescued while search operations by the air and surface units are in progress for the second pilot. 

According to the Indian Navy, the incident took place at around 5 pm in the Arabian Sea. It was further informed that a high-level inquiry has been ordered to investigate the matter.

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The Indian Navy said, “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 searches by air and surface units in progress for the second pilot. An inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident.”

This is the third mishap of the MiG-29K aircraft in the last one year, the report stated.

In February, a MiG 29K crashed after being hit by birds over Goa. Both pilots had steered the jet away from habitation before ejecting, an action which drew praise from Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik.

In November last year, a MiG-29K trainer aircraft crashed outside a village in Goa. Both the pilots had then ejected safely.

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