An Indian Navy MiG-29K trainer aircraft of the Indian Navy crashed into the Arabian Sea on Thursday evening (local time), according to local reports.
According to the Navy, the incident took place at around 5 pm and one of the aircraft’s two pilots has been rescued. The Navy’s air and surface assets are now searching for the second pilot.
The Navy statement added that an inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident.
“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 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.
This is the second Indian Navy MiG-29K crash this year On Feb. 23, a Navy MiG-29K crashed into the Arabian Sea off the coast of Goa after a bird strike.
The crash is the fourth Indian Navy MiG-29K crash. The first was in Jan. 2018 when a MiG-29K veered off the runway and crashed inside the Indian naval air station of INS Hansa in Dabolim, Goa. The trainee pilot managed to eject safely from the aircraft, which caught fire.
On Nov. 16 2019, an MiG-29K trainer crashed shortly after take-off from INS Hansa when the left engine flamed out and the right engine of the aircraft caught fire due to suspected bird hit. Both the pilots had ejected safely during that incident.
The Mikoyan MiG-29K is a carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft developed by Russia’s Mikoyan Design Bureau.
In 2004, India ordered 12 MiG-29K single-seat and 4 MiG-29KUB two-seat fighter jets, and ordered an additional 29 MiG-29Ks, worth US$1.2 billion, in January 2010. The 45th aircraft was delivered in February 2017.
The jets are assigned to the Navy’s INAS (Indian Naval Air Squadron) 300 and INAS 303 squadrons, both based at INS Hansa in Goa, and are also operated from the Navy’s sole operational aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.