New Delhi: A MiG-29K fighter aircraft belonging to the Indian Navy crashed soon after it took off for a training mission from Goa’s Dabolim on Saturday. Notably, the aircraft involved in the crash was a trainer version of the fighter jet, reported news agency ANI. The trainer aircraft was on a routine training exercise when the incident happened.

Fortunately, no casualties have been reported as both the pilots– Captain M Sheokhand and Lt Commander Deepak Yadav managed to eject safely. However, the aircraft has been completely distorted.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to the duo and asserted that it is a matter of great satisfaction that they are safe.

Spoke to pilots, Captain M Sheokhand and Lt Commander Deepak Yadav. 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”, ANI quoted the minister as saying. 

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

Furthermore, he added,”Mig 29 trainer aircraft was flying from ashore (Goa). During recovery, there was a bird hit and fire on right engine was observed. Both pilots ejected and are safe. Aircraft crashed in open and safe area. No casualties reported. Further details being ascertained.”