Kerala: 2 Navy officers killed after glider crash in Kochi

2 Navy officers killed after glider on routine flight crashed in Kochi
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2 Navy officers killed after glider on routine flight crashed in Kochi 

Two Navy personnel died as a glider on routine flight crashed in Kerala’s Kochi on Sunday morning. The reason behind the accident is but to be decided, the defence spokesperson stated. The two Navy officers onboard a naval energy glider crashed close to the Thoppumpady bridge in Kochi. 

The deceased have been recognized as Lieutenant Rajeev Jha and Petty Officer – Electrical Air (POELA) Sunil Kumar. It was on routine coaching sortie & took off from INS Garuda. Southern Naval Command orders Board of Inquiry.

Defence spokesperson stated the naval energy glider was on a routine coaching sortie and took off from INS Garuda. It crashed close to Thoppumpady bridge near the naval base at round 7 am.

One officer, Lt Rajeev Jha and Petty officer Sunil Kumar, who have been within the glider, have been rescued from the crash web site and shifted to INHS Sanjivani. However, they have been declared introduced lifeless, the spokesperson stated. 

The glider is being salvaged and a board of inquiry has been ordered by the Southern Naval Command into the incident, he stated. 

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