A MiG 29K fighter jet of the Indian Navy, which was on a training mission, crashed shortly after it took off from Goa’s Dabolim on Saturday.
The pilots Captain M Sheokhand and Lieutenant Commander Deepak Yadav managed to eject safely.
“During a training mission, after take off from INS HANSA at Dabolim a Mig 29k trainer aircraft suffered an engine fire. The pilots Capt M Sheokhand and Lt Cdr Deepak Yadav ejected safely,” Navy spokesperson tweeted.
“Timely action by pilot in pointing the aircraft away from the populated areas ensured Safety of life on ground,” Navy spokesperson added.
“At about noon on November 16, a MiG-29K twin seater aircraft, on a routine training sortie, encountered a flock of birds after it took off from the naval Air Base at Dabolim Goa. The pilot observed that the left engine had flamed out and the right engine had caught fire. Attempts to recover the aircraft following the standard operating procedures were unsuccessful due to nature of emergency. The pilot, showing huge presence of mind, pointed the aircraft away from populated areas and both pilots ejected safely, the statement said.
“An inquiry to investigate the cause of accident has been instituted by the Navy. The pilots are safe and have been recovered. There has been no loss of life or damage to property on ground,” it added.