The body of the second pilot commander Nishant Singh, who was missing 11 days after the tragic ‘MiG 29K’ plane crash of the Indian Navy, has been recovered.
His body was found at a depth of 70 meters from the surface, about 30 miles off the coast of Goa. The navy had united day and night in this search operation. State-of-the-art resources were used for search and rescue.
Pilot Nishant was being searched for the past 11 days. Boats and aircraft were deployed for this. Nishant’s plane crashed off the coast of Goa on 26 November in the Arabian Sea. One pilot was rescued in the accident. A Navy spokesman gave this information.
The Navy said in a statement that navy boats and aircraft are continuing intensive search operations in coastal areas to locate the missing pilot commander Nishant Singh. Along with the help of divers, underwater search operations are also being carried out.
The Navy also said that some debris of the missing MiG-29 aircraft was found off the coast of Goa in the Arabian Sea, including some debris including the turbo charger, fuel tank engine, wing engine of the aircraft. The Russian-made aircraft took off from the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and crashed at around five in the evening.
The 26 November crash was the fourth accident involving the MiG-29’s Marine Combat Fleet. India’s top auditor, in a report tabled in Parliament four years ago, pointed out some deficiencies in deck-based combat, including engine trouble, airframe problems, shortcomings of its fly-by-wire system and poor serviceability.
The defense analyst said that it becomes difficult to save the pilot with every hour after the accident. But these are the main dangers associated with the aviation stream. Usually such operations which are initially ‘search and rescue’ operations and after only one week are converted to ‘search’ operations only. The person is presumed missing for the next seven years and then the person is declared dead with formalities leading to a conclusion.
A letter from Missing Commandant Nishant Singh of the MiG-29 fighter jet that fell in the Arabian Sea went viral in May this year. In fact, in early May, Singh wrote this letter to his commanding officer seeking permission for his marriage. At the same time, a letter written by the Commanding Officer in response to this also became a matter of discussion. Read full letter here
The Indian Navy’s search and rescue effort led to extensive deployment of naval ships and aircraft to locate Commander Nishant. Some of the wreckage of the aircraft, including landing gear, turbocharger, fuel tank engine and wing engine cowling, were located. According to the Indian Navy, in addition to the nine warships and 14 aircraft engaged in the search efforts, fast interceptor craft were also deployed along the coast for water exploration.
In addition, the search for Marine / Coastal Police was on. The rescue drive was intensified by sensitizing the surrounding fishing villages. The underwater search was also activated by divers and seabed mapping using specialized equipment in the vicinity of the primary wreckage of the MiG-29K.