Sun, Dec 19, 2004
Pilot was unable to stop in time at coastal site, ditched $23
An inexperienced Indian Navy pilot found out the hard way that
the British Sea Harrier is not an amphibious aircraft. The trainee
pilot was practicing landings at a coastal airstrip in India when
he found himself unable to stop the aircraft.
The Sea Harrier went off the strip and into the sea on Thursday.
The pilot was rescued, but the aircraft suffered significant
"There has been an accident involving a Sea Harrier aircraft. It
involved a trainee pilot who, after landing, went off the runway of
a shore base," Commander Vinay Garg, naval spokesman, told AFP.
The Indian military aviation establishment has lost over 100
pilots in the last ten years in aviation accidents. Most of them,
however, were flying Russian MIG aircraft.
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