Goa: MiG-29K fighter aircraft crashes, both pilots eject safely

Mig 29K Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Dabolim, Goa Nov 16, 2019, 01.06 PM (IST) Written By: Bharat Sharma

According to the Indian Navy, an MiG-29K aircraft crashed in South Goa's Dabolim area on Saturday after taking off for a training mission.

No casualties or injuries were reported and both the pilots managed to eject safely and timely. Captain M Sheokhand and Lt Commander Deepak Yadav were on board during the accident.

Additionally, according to the Navy, the model of MiG-29K involved in the crash was a training imprint of the actual fighter jet.

Navy Spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal tweeted, "The MiG-29K trainer aircraft suffered an engine fire. The pilots Captain M Sheokhand and Lt Commander Deepak Yadav ejected safely."

Goa Airport sources said that the Navy aircraft crashed in South Goa at around 12 noon, shortly after taking off from the Dabolim International Airport.

The aircraft witnessed a small mishap while in flight as a bird hit the plane and fire was spotted in the right engine. In the aftermath of this fire, the aircraft crashed in an open and safe area away from civilians. The Indian Navy added that there were no losses reported besides the aircraft.

Sources have told WION that the Moscow based Aerospace company, Mikoyan, which manufactures these aircraft has been informed about the incident. 

(With inputs from ANI)