MiG-29 trainer aircraft of the Indian Navy crashes into the Arabian sea; one pilot rescued, another missing

A MiG-29 trainer aircraft of the Indian Navy crashed into the Arabian sea on Thursday evening following which one pilot went missing while another was rescued, Navy officials said on Friday.

“One pilot has been rescued and search by air and surface units is in progress for the second pilot,” said an official. The Navy has deployed surveillance aircraft and ships to locate the missing pilot.

The Russian made jet is believed to have 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.

A high-level inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident, officials said.

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

In February this year, a MiG 29K crashed after being hit by birds over Goa. Both pilots had steered the jet away from habitation before ejecting.

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

The Indian Navy has a fleet of around 40 MiG-29K fighter jets and some of them operate from the aircraft carrier.