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Pilot killed in Indian Navy Sea Harrier crash

IANS  Panaji, August 21, 2009
First Published: 15:57 IST(21/8/2009) | Last Updated: 16:41 IST(21/8/2009)
An Indian Navy Sea Harrier combat jet crashed on Friday off the Goa coast, killing its pilot, Lt Cdr Saurav Saxena, an official said.

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The single seater fighter had taken off from the Dabolim airport in Panaji at around 10 am for a routine sortie and crashed soon after, the official added.

Efforts were underway to locate the wreckage of the twin-engined V/STOL (vertical/short take-off and landing jet).

The Indian Navy's Sea Harriers, which were inducted in the early 1980, are deployed on India's lone aircraft carrier INS Viraat that is undergoing a life-extending refit at the Cochin Shipyard.

The Dabolim airport is the land base for the jets, which were recently retrofitted to enable them to fire beyond visual range (BVR) missiles.


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