New Delhi, Jan 3: A MiG-29K fighter jet of the Indian Navy overshot the runway at Goa airport and caught fire on Wednesday. According to reports, a trainee-pilot, who was at the command of the fighter jet, ejected on time. Also Read - Indian Navy Recruitment 2021: Online Applications Open For 1159 Tradesman Posts, 10th Pass Can Apply
Emergency teams were pressed into service immediately after the pilot reported a fire on the aircraft. Also Read - DRDO Successfully Launches Navy's Surface-to-Air Missile Twice, Can Hit Sea-Skimming Targets
The Navy spokesperson said the aircraft caught fire after it veered off the runway. The accident halted flight operations for almost two hours at Dabolim — the only airport in Goa. Arrival and departure of civilian flights at the Goa airport were delayed due to the incident, Goa airport director B C H Negi said.
The Indian Navy operates MiG-29Ks from its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. India had placed orders for 16 MiG-29K in 2004 along with Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier from Russia. Gorshkov was later rechristened as INS Vikramaditya.
At present, the Navy operates 45 MIG-29K jets.