Navy Dornier crash: Second body, data recorder recovered from wreckage

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2015 00:12 IST

Naval divers on Friday recovered the body of Lieutenant Abhinav Nagori from the wreckage of a Dornier surveillance plane, three days after it crashed into the Arabian Sea off the coast of Goa.

The co-pilot’s body was found in the plane’s fuselage lying on the seabed at a depth of 50 metres. The black box was also recovered, ending a 60-hour search operation.

On Thursday, divers had recovered the body of Lieutenant Kiran Shekhawat , an observer, from the wreckage.

Shekhawat is the first female officer to have been killed in a naval crash. The navy’s hydrographic vessel, the INS Makar, detected the Dornier’s 16-metre long fuselage using its side scan sonar on Thursday.

The navy is now firming up plans to retrieve the wreckage, a source said.

The pilot, Commander Nikhil Kuldip Joshi - a seasoned hand with over 4,000 flying hours - miraculously survived the crash and was picked up by a fishing boat. This is the first Dornier to crash since the planes were inducted in the navy in the early 1990s.

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