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Fuselage of Navy's Dornier aircraft salvaged off the Goa coast

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PANAJI (PTI): The fuselage of the ill-fated Indian Navy's Dornier aircraft was salvaged from the bottom of the sea, about 25 nautical miles off the Goa coast, on Saturday, Defence sources said.

The fuselage will now be taken to Karwar for inspection.

The Navy had already recovered the Black Box, which will now be inspected as a part of the Board of Inquiry.

The fuselage was brought up with the help of a naval ship, the Defence sources said.

The Indian Navy surveillance aircraft had crashed south-west off Goa coast on Tuesday with the three officers on board. Commander Nikhil Kuldip Joshi, who was flying the aircraft and has 4,000 flying hours to his credit, was rescued about an hour after the crash by a fishing vessel.

While the body of Lt Kiran Shekhawat was recovered from the fuselage on Thursday, the body of the second missing Navy officer Lt Abhinay Nagori was recovered on Friday from the fuselage of the ill-fated aircraft which crashed during a training sortie off the Goa coast.

The navy had launched an extensive search and rescue operation to find the two missing officers.

At least 12 ships, including two of Indian Coast Guard, and four aircraft were involved in the rescue mission.


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