Sunday, December 06, 2020

Chances of survival of missing MiG 29 pilot Nishant Singh 'grim' as searches continue

New Delhi: With every passing hour chances of survival of the missing MiG 29 pilot Commander Nishant Singh is fading. The psychological toll on the family has been immense and the naval aviators believe with time it is the vagaries of nature overwhelming everything.

Commander Nishant Singh has been missing since November 26 after his MiG-29K crashed into the Arabian Sea. While one pilot was rescued, Commander Nishant Singh has been missing and search by air and surface units is in progress.

Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha (Retd), Defence Analyst points, “It becomes difficult to rescue the pilot with every hour passing after the accident.” But these are the risks involved with the stream of aviation adds Vice Admiral Sinha who has been a seasoned naval aviator himself.

Generally, such operations which are initially the ‘search and rescue’ operation are converted to only ‘search’ operation after about a week. The person is assumed missing for the next seven years and then the person is counted as dead with the formalities coming to a conclusion.

Indian Navy's Search and Rescue effort to locate Cdr Nishant have been continuing with extensive deployment of naval ships and aircraft. Some debris of the aircraft including landing gear, turbocharger, fuel tank engine and wing engine cowling was located.

As per the Indian Navy, in addition to nine warships and 14 aircraft engaged in the search efforts, Fast Interceptor Craft are also deployed to search waters along the coast. Further, the Marine/Coastal police are on the lookout and nearby fishing villages have been sensitised. In addition, underwater search by divers and seabed mapping using specialised equipment in the vicinity of primary wreckage of MiG-29K has also been activated.

06/12/20 Mayank Singh/New Indian Express

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