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Lt Rajeev Jha and Petty Officer Sunil Kumar Lost Their Lives In Navy Glider Crash

In a shocking incident, two Navy officers Lt Rajeev Jha and Petty Officer Sunil Kumar Lost Their Lives In Navy Glider Crash in Kochi early on Sunday. According to a Navy spokesperson, the glider took off from INS Garuda, the Naval Air Station of Southern Naval Command at around 7 am. The officers – Lieutenant Rajiv Jha and Petty Officer (Electrical Air) Sunil Kumar were on a routine training sortie when the glider developed a technical glitch and crashed near the BOT Bridge at Thoppumpady around 7.15 am. 

Lt Rajeev Jha and Petty Officer Sunil Kumar
Lt Rajiv Jha & Petty Officer Sunil Kumar

People who were out for a morning walk saw the glider crashing and informed Harbour police.  A Navy team rushed to the spot and shifted the two officers to INS Sanjeevani,  the Navy Hospital. “The officers were critically injured and a Navy ambulance shifted them to INS Sanjeevini. Unfortunately, they were lost their life,”  said  Navy Spokesperson Sridhar Warrier. 

The wreckage was salvaged and taken to the Kochi Naval Base. A Board of Inquiry has been ordered by the Southern Naval Command into the incident. Lt Rajiv Jha,  39,   is a native of Dehradun, and Sunil Kumar,  29,  a native of Bhoj in Bihar.

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