MiG 29 trainer aircraft crashes in Goa, both pilots safe
Panaji : Indian Navy's MiG-29K fighter jet has reportedly been crashed during a routine training mission from Goa's Dabolim. The pilots - Captain M Sheokhand and Lieutenant Commander Deepak Yadav - have been reported safe in the incident.
According to a statement by the Navy, the fighter jet was struck by a flock of birds and the collision led to a fire in the right engine and the left engine failing.
"At about 11.45 am this morning, a MiG twin-seater aircraft on a routine training sortie encountered a flock of birds after take off from INS Hansa airbase at Dabolim, Goa. The pilot observed the left engine had flamed out and the right engine had caught fire," the statement said.
With high presence of mind, the pilots directed the plane to a vacant place and ejected safely to ensure no casualties or damage in the region.
"Attempts to recover the aircraft were unsuccessful due to damage and low height. The pilot with his presence of mind pointed the aircraft away from populated areas and both pilots ejected safely. An inquiry has been instituted by the Navy. There is no loss of life or damage to property on ground," the Navy said.
"It is a matter of great satisfaction that they managed to eject in time and both of them are safe. I pray for their good health and well-being," Defence Minister Rajanth Singh tweeted after speaking to both pilots.
Spoke to the pilots, Capt Mrigank and Deepak Yadav of the MiG-29K which crashed after the take-off from Goa today.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) November 16, 2019
It is a matter of great satisfaction that they managed to eject in time and both of them are safe. I pray for their good health and well-being.
The Goa airport is used for both civilian and military aircraft.