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Panaji: Almost 11 days after the MiG-29K crashed, the mortal remains of the pilot of the aircraft Commander Nishant Singh was recovered by rigorous search by Indian Navy 30 miles off Goa coast on Monday. The samples are being sent for DNA tests and confirmation of identity, Indian Navy spokespersons was stated saying.
“Indian Navy has recovered the body of the missing MiG-29K pilot Commander Nishant Singh on the seabed 70 metres below water. It has been found 30 miles off Goa coast after an extensive search. The aircraft had crashed on November 26 while operating over the Arabian Sea,” an officials added.
“All sections of the aircraft wreckage including ejection seats have been accounted for using side-scan sonar and HD cameras. The FDR/CVR along with other important material have been recovered so far for investigation,” Indian Navy spokesperson stated.
“The Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts by Indian Navy ships and aircraft to locate the second pilot of the MiG-29K trainer aircraft which ditched off Goa on 26 Nov 20, have been on for the past ten days. Aerial search by MR aircraft and helicopter sorties amounting to 270 hours have been undertaken so far,” a statement issued by the Indian Navy stated.
“Underwater search around the crash site which include extensive dives by saturation divers and continuous overnight search using HD camera have been undertaken in the last ten days. Mortal remains of a human body have been recovered in the vicinity of the wreckage site. The samples are being sent for DNA testing for confirmation of identity,” it further stated