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Two officers missing after Navy's Dornier aircraft crashes off Goa

 
Navy aircraft crashes off Goa coast, two missing
Two officers of the Indian Navy were reported missing after a Dornier surveillance aicraft crashed about 20 nautical miles south west of Goa while on a routine training mission last night, official sources said.
 
One officer has survived and was located and taken to hospital, where he is recovering.
 
An official press release said here today that the aircraft, with three officers on board, had lost radar contact with the Naval Air Station in Goa around 2208 hours yesterday.
 
" The aircraft is feared to have ditched soon thereafter," it said. 
 
The aircrew onboard the aircraft comprised three officers (two pilots and one woman observer). One survivor, Commander Nikhil Kuldip Joshi, was picked up by a passing fishing boat (Niharika – from a fishing hamlet off Karwar) and transferred to a naval Fast Interceptor Craft. He is presently in naval hospital ‘Patanjali’ at Karwar and is reported to be stable.
 
Eight Naval ships and four aircraft were immediately deployed to search the area to locate the remaining two officers. Presently, there are 12 ships (including two ships from Indian Coast Guard) and four aircraft involved in the search and rescue (SAR) operations.
 
"The next-of-kin of the aircrew have been informed. Meanwhile, a Board of Inquiry has been ordered to establish the cause of the accident," the release said.
 
During the day Admiral R K Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, flew down to Goa and took stock of the SAR operation. He also met the families of the aircrew and met Cdr NK Joshi at Karwar before returning to Delhi in the evening.
 
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