Navy surveillance aircraft crashes in Goa; two missing

Panaji: An Indian Navy surveillance aircraft crashed south-west off Goa and two officers on-board the plane were missing while one has been rescued.

The Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft, which was on a routine training sortie, crashed about 25 nautical miles south-west off Goa at around 2208 hours yesterday. A full-scale search and rescue operation involving nine ships and few aircraft was launched following the crash.

"One survivor has been rescued. Search is on to locate two more officers -- a pilot and an observer," Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said in New Delhi. The rescued officer, Commander Nikhil Joshi, has been seriously injured in the crash but is stable, Sharma said.

Navy chief Admiral R K Dhowan has rushed to Goa to take stock of the situation.

It is the latest in a series of disasters to hit the navy, and comes just months after a torpedo recovery vessel sank off Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, leaving five dead.

Eighteen sailors were also killed in August 2013 when INS Sindhurakshak burst into flames in Mumbai harbour.

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