Navy’s MiG jet crashes in Goa: A MiG 29K champion jet of the Indian Navy, which was on a training mission, failed shortly after getting off in Goa on Saturday, officials said.
“During a training mission, after taking 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 (sic),” the Navy tweeted.
The cause of the engine failure was not immediately known, but some reports claimed it was on account of a bird hit.
Navy sources confirmed that the aircraft flown by trainee pilots landed in an open area.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing a massive plume of smoke as well as two parachutes descending after the crash.
The pilots were initially cared for by residents after they landed in a residential area and were reported safe and conscious.
More details of the incident await.
Navy’s MiG jet crashes in Goa, The MiG 29K is the aircraft vector version of the MiG 29 posted at INS Hansa Dabolim and selected for Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya.