Thursday’s crash is the fourth accident involving the MiG-29K maritime fighter fleet.
Thursday’s crash is the fourth accident involving the MiG-29K maritime fighter fleet.

Pilot missing after MiG jet crashes into Arabian Sea

The MiG-29K is riddled with problems relating to airframe, RD MK-33 engine and its fly-by-wire system, Comptroller and Auditor General said in the July 2016 report.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2020 01:15 AM IST

A MiG-29K fighter of the Indian Navy crashed into the Arabian Sea on Thursday, with search and rescue teams recovering one of the pilots while the other was still missing even as efforts to locate him have been intensified, navy officials said a day after the Russian-origin jet went down off India’s west coast.

The twin-seat trainer jet crashed at 5 pm after taking off from the deck of India’s only aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, the officials said. Both pilots ejected from the aircraft before it went down, they added.

Thursday’s crash is the fourth accident involving the MiG-29K maritime fighter fleet.

Scores of warships and aircraft are scouring the Arabian Sea to locate the missing pilot identified by the navy as Commander Nishant Singh.

“A MiG-29K trainer aircraft operating at sea ditched at about 1700 hrs on 26 Nov 20. One pilot (the trainee) has been recovered and search by air and surface units is in progress for the second pilot,” navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal said on Friday. The navy has ordered an inquiry into the accident.

While the cause of the crash is yet to be ascertained, India’s top auditor had to pointed to some deficiencies in the deck-based fighter, including engine troubles, airframe problems, deficiencies in its fly-by-wire system and poor serviceability, in a report tabled in Parliament four years ago.

The MiG-29K is riddled with problems relating to airframe, RD MK-33 engine and its fly-by-wire system, Comptroller and Auditor General said in the July 2016 report.

The CAG report revealed that the serviceability of the single-seat fighter ranged from an unimpressive 15.93% to 37.63 % while that of the twin-seat trainer hovered between 21.3% and 47.14%.

The navy commissioned its first squadron of MiG-29K fighters at Goa in May 2013, ahead of the induction of INS Vikramaditya. India has so for bought 45 MiG-29K fighters from Russia.

The navy plans to also deploy the fighters on the indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) being built at the state-owned Cochin Shipyard.

The 44,500-tonne Vikramaditya and its embarked MiG-29K fighters had taken part in the recently concluded Malabar exercise involving the navies of India, the United States, Australia and Japan.

The second phase of the exercise was held in Arabian Sea from November 17-20.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Nandeshwar Singh, Rupesh Singh’s brother, demanded a CBI probe to find the perpetrators who murdered his brother on January 12. ((ANI PHOTO))
Nandeshwar Singh, Rupesh Singh’s brother, demanded a CBI probe to find the perpetrators who murdered his brother on January 12. ((ANI PHOTO))

Patna IndiGo station manager murder: Family demands CBI probe

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:04 PM IST
  • The Bihar chief minister reassured that the state’s law and order situation is stable and promised a speedy trial.
Close
Indian airlines are allowed to operate a maximum of 80 per cent of their pre-Covid-19 domestic flights.(Mint file photo)
Indian airlines are allowed to operate a maximum of 80 per cent of their pre-Covid-19 domestic flights.(Mint file photo)

6.3 crore domestic air passengers in 2020, 56 pc lower than 2019: DGCA

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:03 PM IST
The occupancy rate or load factor of six major Indian airlines was between 65.1 per cent and 78 per cent in December 2020.
Close
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar addresses a press conference after meeting with Farmers Union leaders on farm laws, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday. Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Som Prakash also seen along with him. ((ANI Photo))
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar addresses a press conference after meeting with Farmers Union leaders on farm laws, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday. Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Som Prakash also seen along with him. ((ANI Photo))

Read your 2019 Lok Sabha manifesto: Tomar reminds Rahul Gandhi over farm laws

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 07:53 PM IST
  • Tomar also attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi over her party’s stand on the laws. He said that both leaders should clarify if they were lying about these reforms in their election manifesto.
Close
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.(PTI)
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.(PTI)

'Beginning of end of Covid-19 pandemic': Health minister on vaccination drive

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 07:51 PM IST
Dr Harsh Vardhan will participate in the vaccine rollout at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Close
For the cases against lower rung government officers, like clerks or section officers etc, CBI’s investigating officers (IOs) will have to complete probes within six months.(HT PHOTO.)
For the cases against lower rung government officers, like clerks or section officers etc, CBI’s investigating officers (IOs) will have to complete probes within six months.(HT PHOTO.)

CBI seeks to expedite process to prosecute ex-IAS, 4 IAF officers

By Neeraj Chauhan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 07:22 PM IST
MoD is learnt to have informed the central agency that the request is under consideration and will be processed soon, the people added on condition of anonymity.
Close
PM Narendra Modi. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)
PM Narendra Modi. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)

PM Modi lauds India's Aatmanirbhar Mission in Manorama Year Book

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 07:08 PM IST
"I firmly believe that 2020 will be known, not as a year of external disruption, but as a year of internal discovery, for our citizens, for our society and for our nation," PM Modi wrote in an article in the Manorama Year Book for 2020.
Close
Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane reviews a parade during a ceremony to celebrate India's 73rd Army Day in New Delhi on Friday. (AFP PHOTO).
Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane reviews a parade during a ceremony to celebrate India's 73rd Army Day in New Delhi on Friday. (AFP PHOTO).

‘Don’t test our patience’: Gen Naravane’s blunt message to China on LAC row

By Rahul Singh | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:47 PM IST
  • The army chief said India had given a fitting response to the (Chinese) conspiracy to unilaterally change the status quo in the Ladakh theatre where the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have deployed more than 100,000 combat-ready soldiers and advanced weaponry.
Close
A view of the Election Commission of India building, Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi.( Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times)
A view of the Election Commission of India building, Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi.( Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times)

'Seek approval before initiating action against poll officials': EC tells states

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Edited by Sparshita Saxena, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:46 PM IST
  • The EC said that the victimisation creates an atmosphere of fear that conveys to the upright, steadfast and sincere officers that they can be “taken to task anytime”.
Close
Earlier, the ministry had said all these people have been kept in single room isolation at designated Health Care facilities by respective state governments.(AP)
Earlier, the ministry had said all these people have been kept in single room isolation at designated Health Care facilities by respective state governments.(AP)

114 people test positive for UK variant of coronavirus

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:37 PM IST
The ministry said the situation is under careful watch and regular advice is being provided to states.
Close
Farmers during a protest against farm bills at Singhu Border in New Delhi.(ANI)
Farmers during a protest against farm bills at Singhu Border in New Delhi.(ANI)

'Will not talk to SC-appointed committee,' reiterates farmers' union

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:30 PM IST
Farmers, who are agitating against the farm laws for more than 50 days now, met the government for the ninth time on Friday to discuss the farm laws.
Close
BKU leader Rakesh Tikait greets as he along with other Farmers' leaders arrive at the Vigyan Bhavan to hold the ninth round of meeting with the government over the farm laws against which they are protesting at the borders of Delhi, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo)
BKU leader Rakesh Tikait greets as he along with other Farmers' leaders arrive at the Vigyan Bhavan to hold the ninth round of meeting with the government over the farm laws against which they are protesting at the borders of Delhi, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Won't go to Committee constituted by SC, will only talk to Centre: Rakesh Tikait

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:08 PM IST
The Supreme Court had on Tuesday stayed the implementation of three farm laws until further orders and formed a four-member committee.
Close
Noida recorded 1.5mm of rainfall on Wednesday against 5mm a day earlier. Sunil Ghosh /ht photo(HT_PRINT)
Noida recorded 1.5mm of rainfall on Wednesday against 5mm a day earlier. Sunil Ghosh /ht photo(HT_PRINT)

Air quality remains 'severe' in Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:03 PM IST
Pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 remained prominent in the air of the five immediate neighbours of Delhi, according to the air quality index (AQI) maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Close
A total of 8651 vaccinators have been trained from among auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) staff in Assam and they would be supervised by 1300 doctors. (HT FILE PHOTO) (Image used for representation).
A total of 8651 vaccinators have been trained from among auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) staff in Assam and they would be supervised by 1300 doctors. (HT FILE PHOTO) (Image used for representation).

12 senior doctors to be the first to get Covid-19 vaccine in Assam

By Utpal Parashar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:03 PM IST
In Assam, around 9 million or nearly 3% of the total population would be covered in the first phase. Around 190,000 doctors, nurses, hospital staff, lab technicians and ambulance drivers will get vaccinated in the first stage followed by nearly 100,000 police and paramilitary personnel.
Close
According to the applicant, mining is far in excess of the permit.(ANI file photo. Representative image)
According to the applicant, mining is far in excess of the permit.(ANI file photo. Representative image)

NGT forms committee to look into plea alleging illegal mining in Odisha

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 05:46 PM IST
The NGT was hearing a plea filed by Odisha resident Sukanti Pradhan and others against illegal mining by Chinmay Kumar Nayak and operation of illegal stone crushers by Kunal Structure (I) Pvt Ltd at Jhilli Mouza in Dhenkanal.
Close
Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, both ruled by the BJP, have brought religious freedom laws to stop conversion through marriage or by any other fraudulent means.(HT ARCHIVE)
Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, both ruled by the BJP, have brought religious freedom laws to stop conversion through marriage or by any other fraudulent means.(HT ARCHIVE)

Gujarat govt examining anti-conversion laws enacted by UP, MP: Patel

PTI, Ahmedabad
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 05:43 PM IST
These laws against inter-faith marriages as an alleged ploy for conversion provide for long prison terms and hefty fines for violators.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP