Panaji: A MiG-29K fighter aircraft crashed in Goa soon after it took off for training. Both the pilots managed to eject safely.

Navy spokesperson Twitter handle posted: 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.

More details on the mishap are awaited.

“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,”  said defence minister Rajnath Singh.

 

The MiG-29 K aircraft that met with a mishap was a trainer version of the fighter jet. The plane is said to have suffered an engine fire.

There is a provision to land both civilian and military aircraft in the Goa airport.

Recently in June another mishap involving MiG-29K was reported from Goa airport. The jet's external fuel tank was inadvertently jettisoned during take-off and caused a fire on the runway. This had led to suspension of the flight for nearly one-and-a-half hours.