National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 03 January 2017
A MiG- 29K fighter jet of Indian Navy crashed today at Goa Airport. A trainee pilot managed to eject safely while the aircraft overshoot the runway.
A Navy officer in New Delhi told National Defence, “A Mig29K aircraft with under-trainee pilot goes off runway while taking off at Goa airport. Pilot ejects to safety. Fire on aircraft being extinguished”
Fire and Emergency services of the airport rushed to the accident site immediately after the crash. Goa Airport operates under Indian Navy’s base INS Hansa.
Air operations resumes after a brief halt. MiG-29 K operates out of Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The same fighter aircraft will also be deployed on India’s indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, once it is ready.
“An Indian Navy MiG 29K aircraft operating from Naval Air Station at Goa was involved in an accident on 03 Jan 17. The pilot aborted take-off during a training sortie”.
“During deceleration, the aircraft veered off the end of runway and caught fire. The pilot jettisoned the canopy and egressed the aircraft safely. The fire was expeditiously doused by the safety services. A Board of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of accident”, Indian Navy said in a statement issued later.