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.
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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