Indian Navy grounds Sea Harrier fleet

 
“The Sea Harriers have been grounded following the crash that left a fighter pilot dead,” Navy officials said here on Monday.

With the grounding of the 10 Sea Harrier jump jets, the INS Viraat, which got afloat at the Cochin Shipyard’s dry dock after a 18-month refit a fortnight ago, may have to sail to Gulf of Aden next month without its fighter jets.

“We cannot operate the aircraft till the Inquiry is complete and the reasons for the crash is known. The problems identified by the probe needs to be rectified,” officials said.

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