Panajim(PTI): An Indian Navy surveillance aircraft crashed about 25 nautical miles south-west off Goa with two officers on-board missing.

A Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft, which was on a routine training sortie, crashed on Tuesday night at around 11 pm and two officers on board have gone missing, navy sources said. A search and rescue operation has been launched following the crash. "One survivor has been rescued. Search is on to locate two more officers including a pilot and observer," they said.

According to sources, Cdr Nikhil Joshi a Puneite has been rescued. But, Co pilot Sub Lt Nagori and observer Lt Kiran Shekhawat is still missing. Navy has deployed six ships, helicopeters and planes off goa to look out for the missing officers. The aircraft was reportedly on a low level flying operation. The search and rescue operation is likely to continue for another 72 hours atleast. Crashed plane belonged to 310 Cobra sqn of Goa-based INS Hansa.

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