Body Of Missing MiG-29 Pilot Found 11 Days After Crash MiG-29 pilot Commander Nishant Singh was found on Monday, Indian Navy officials said. Commander Singh had gone missing on November 26 after his MiG-29K trainer aircraft crashed into the Arabian Sea. Rescue teams were able to rescue the other pilot on board Russian-origin twin-seat trainer jet went down off India’s west coast after taking off from the deck of the country’s only aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
The November 26 crash was the fourth accident involving the MiG-29K maritime fighter fleet. India’s top auditor had 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 the airframe, RD MK-33 engine, and its fly-by-wire system, Comptroller and Auditor General said in the July 2016 report.
MIG-29k INDIAN NAVY
The MIG–29 KUB (two-seat trainer) is similar to the MIG–29K but with a reduced operational range. The aircraft will be fielded on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya delivery of the aircraft to the Indian Navy started in 2009, and by July 2015, 33 had been inducted, The IN had originally acquired these 45 MiG-29K/KUB platforms between 2004 and 2010 for $2.29 billion as part of the air arms of Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant, the under-construction carrier, scheduled for commissioning around 2022