Two Naval officers were killed on Sunday morning after their glider crashed near the Thoppumpady bridge in Kochi. They took off from the INS Garuda on a routine training sortie, the Navy said in a statement, adding that the glider crashed at around 7 am.
The two officers on the flight have been identified as Lt Rajeev Jha (39) from Uttarakhand and Petty officer (Electrical Air) Sunil Kumar (29) from Bihar. Jha is survived by his wife and two kids and Kumar is single. They were declared brought dead by doctors at the INHS Sanjivani.
The Southern Naval Command ordered an inquiry into the incident.
This comes two days after another officer was killed in Karnataka’ Karwar on Friday evening after his glider plunged into the sea. His trainer was injured and hospitalised.