Kohima, December 12 (NEx): Indian Navy Commander Nishant Singh was laid to rest with full military honours at Goa yesterday, 15 days after his Mig-29K trainer aircraft crashed off Goa on November 26, 2020.
An official tweet from PRO (DEF) Kohima on December 11, said that Commander Nishant was a fighter pilot & a qualified flying instructor, also a skilled yachtsman & qualified mountaineer.
Commander Nishant Singh, #IndianNavy was laid to rest with full military honours at Goa today.A fighter pilot & a qualified flying instructor;was also a skilled yachtsman & a qualified mountaineer.Cdr Nishant didn’t survive Mig-29K crash off Goa on 26Nov20. Deepest Condolences. pic.twitter.com/YS5ai4VQBj
— PRO Kohima, Ministry Of Defence (@prodefkohima) December 11, 2020
The mortal remains was recovered in the vicinity of the wreckage site on December 07, 2020, by the Indian Navy’s Search and Rescue team. After which, samples were sent for identification. Some debris of the aircraft including landing gear, turbo charger, fuel tank engine and wing engine cowling were also located.
The trainer aircraft had ditched off Goa on November 26, 2020, while the first pilot was immediately rescued, the second pilot went missing, reports said.
During the search operation, the Indian Navy deployed naval ships and aircraft to locate the second pilot of the MiG-29K trainer aircraft Cdr Nishant Singh. Alongwith 09 warships and 14 aircrafts, Indian Navy’s Fast Interceptor Craft was also deployed to search waters along the coast.
Aerial search by MR aircraft and helicopter sorties amounting to 270 hours and underwater search around the crash site including extensive dives by saturation divers and continuous overnight search using HD camera was undertaken for atleast ten days before the body was recovered.