Pilot killed in Indian Navy Sea Harrier crash
An Indian Navy Sea Harrier combat jet crashed on Friday off the Goa coast, killing its pilot, Lt Cdr Saurav Saxena, an official said.india Updated: Aug 21, 2009 16:41 IST
An Indian Navy Sea Harrier combat jet crashed on Friday off the Goa coast, killing its pilot, Lt Cdr Saurav Saxena, an official said.
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.