India finds two bodies after naval plane crash

MUMBAI (AFP) - The Indian authorities have found the bodies of two navy pilots whose plane crashed into the sea on Tuesday.

A navy statement said the body of a male officer was recovered from the plane's fuselage on Friday, a day after that of a female officer was found.

Media reports said she was the first woman in India's military to die in active service, although this could not immediately be confirmed.

A lone survivor from the crew of three was rescued early on Wednesday after the Dornier aircraft plunged into the sea 25 nautical miles off the holiday state of Goa.

The crash was the latest in a series of deadly disasters to hit the navy, and comes just months after a naval ship sank off the southeastern coast of India, leaving one worker dead and four others missing.

A fire aboard a nuclear submarine killed two officers off the Mumbai coast in February 2014 which led to the immediate resignation of the navy chief.

Eighteen sailors were also killed in August 2013 when INS Sindhurakshak burst into flames in Mumbai harbour.