Indian Navy Grounds Sea Harrier Fleet for Checks After Crash

26 August 2009 (Last Updated August 26th, 2009 18:30)

The Indian Navy has grounded its fleet of Sea Harrier fighter aircraft flown from the aircraft carrier INS Viraat for systematic checks following a recent crash. The aircraft crashed during a routine exercise off Goa Coast, killing the pilot. The fleet, which consists of eight

The Indian Navy has grounded its fleet of Sea Harrier fighter aircraft flown from the aircraft carrier INS Viraat for systematic checks following a recent crash.

The aircraft crashed during a routine exercise off Goa Coast, killing the pilot.

The fleet, which consists of eight single-seat fighters and three twin-seater trainers, will undergo systematic checks to ascertain whether a technical defect caused the crash.

The navy is conducting an inquiry into the accident but the absence of a cockpit voice recorder on the fighter will make the investigation more difficult.

Only eight of the 30 British-origin Sea Harriers indicted into the navy in 1983 remain. Most have been lost in accidents.