New Delhi: A MiG 29K fighter aircraft of the Indian Navy on Wednesday crashed over sea while on a routine sortie off Goa coast.
The pilot ejected safely and has been recovered in a swift Search and Resue Operation, the Indian Navy said. He is reported to be in stable condition.
The aircraft developed a technical malfunction while returning to base. A Board of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the incident, the Indian Navy added.
In July this year, the IAF lost two pilots of the MiG-21 trainer aircraft when it crashed at Bhimda village of Barmer district in Rajasthan.
Earlier in March, the government, in a written reply in Rajya Sabha, informed that the country has lost 42 personnel in 45 air crashes involving the three Services — Army, Air Force and Navy — in the last five years.
The Indian Air Force lost 34 personnel in 29 accidents, the Indian Army lost seven personnel in 12 accidents and the Indian Navy lost one personnel in four accidents involving either an aircraft or chopper, the data provided by Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt read.