Dornier crash: Navy officers to be cremated with full military honours

The two Indian Navy personnel who died in the crash of a Dornier-228 maritime surveillance aircraft will be cremated with full military honours, an officer said on Saturday.

IANS| Updated: Mar 28, 2015, 15:34 PM IST

New Delhi: The two Indian Navy personnel who died in the crash of a Dornier-228 maritime surveillance aircraft will be cremated with full military honours, an officer said on Saturday.

The bodies of the co-pilot, Lieutenant Abhinav Nagori, and flight observer Lieutenant Kiran Shekhawat, were recovered from the fuselage of the crashed aircraft.

Lt Nagori, who was from Udaipur in Rajasthan will be cremated there on Sunday.

Lt Shekhawat, who hailed Haryana's Palwal district, will be cremated there on Sunday.

The crash occurred on Tuesday night around 10 p.m. when the Dornier-228 with three crew members onboard went down in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Goa.

The pilot, Commander Nikhil Kuldip Joshi, was rescued by a passing fishing boat.

A massive search and rescue operation was started involving at least 12 ships and several aircraft.

The fuselage of he plane was located by INS Makar, a naval hydrographic vessel, at a depth of 50-60 metres.

Divers were rushed and subsequently the body of Lt Shekhawat was recovered from the fuselage on Thursday night, while the body of Lt. Nagori was recovered on Friday.