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Missing MiG-29 pilot dead

Last Updated: Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 18:32

Shimla: The remains of the pilot of the ill-fated MiG-29 combat jet that crashed in the Himalayan heights of Himachal Pradesh`s Lahaul Valley last month have been recovered, the Indian Air Force (IAF) said Sunday.

"The remains of Squadron Leader D.S. Tomar were recovered near the Gangstang glacier in the Chokhang hills Saturday," Western Air Command spokesman Wing Commander S.K. Mehta told IANS over the phone from New Delhi.
He said Tomar`s family has been informed.

"Some parts of the engine, wings and cockpit too have been recovered in the area. Now the search is on to locate the data recorder (black box)," he said.

The MiG-29 was on a night mission Oct 18 after taking off from Adampur for Jalandhar in Punjab. It crashed at elevations ranging from 15,000 to 20,000 feet above sea level.


First Published: Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 18:32

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