A MiG – 29 K fighter jet belonging to the Indian Navy crashed shortly after it took off on a training mission from Goa’s Dabolim today . The pilots – Captain M Sheokhand and Lieutenant Commander Deepak Yadav – managed to eject safely and have both been recovered. According to Commander Vivek Madhwal, a Navy spokesperson, the plane, a trainer version of the fighter, suffered an engine fire.
During a training mission, after take off from INS HANSA at Dabolim a Mig 29 k trainer aircraft suffered an engine fire. The pilots Capt M Sheokhand and Lt Cdr Deepak Yadav ejected safely.@ SpokespersonMoD
– SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy)November 16, 2019
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to both pilots.
“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, “he tweeted.
According to news agency ANI, the MiG – 29 K trainer jet’s (right) engine was hit by a bird while in mid-flight . The plane crashed in an open and safe area and no casualties, civilian or otherwise, have been reported.
The naval fighter jet’s external fuel tank was inadvertently jettisoned during take off and caused a fire on the runway. Fighter jets often carry fuel tanks that can be detached as per mission requirements.
The Goa airport is used for both civilian and military aircraft.
With input from ANI
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