Sources in the Indian Navy have confirmed to NDTV that no signal has been received from the Russian-made emergency locator beacon, which is a key part of the survival kit of the Indian Navy pilot missing in the Arabian Sea for seven days.
Last Thursday, Commander Nishant Singh, an instructor pilot in the Indian Navy, ejected from a twin-seat MiG-29K fighter along with a trainee pilot. While the trainee pilot was immediately rescued by a helicopter, Commander Singh remains missing.
The incident took place shortly after the fighter had taken off from the deck of the Navy’s only operational aircraft carrier, the INS Vikramaditya.
At the moment, the Navy refuses to confirm if the personal locator beacon failed since the matter is under investigation. However, they have confirmed that the unit works only on the surface of the ocean, not if it has sunk.
What is clear is that Commander Singh did eject from the MiG-29K since his ejection seat is missing from the site of the primary wreckage – located at a depth of approximately 100 metres in the Arabian Sea.
”This is a complex case of low-level ejection over the sea,” say senior Navy sources.