A MiG-29K fighter jet belonging to the Indian Navy crashed shortly after takeoff from INS Hansa air base at Dabolim, Goa.
The right engine caught fire after hitting a flock of bird, causing the jet to crash and catch fire.
“At about 11.45 am this morning, a MiG twin-seater aircraft on a routine training sortie encountered a flock of birds after take off from INS Hansa air base at Dabolim, Goa. The pilot observed the left engine had flamed out and the right engine had caught fire,” said the Navy in a statement.
The pilots – Captain M Sheokhand and Lieutenant Commander Deepak Yadav – managed to eject safely and have both been recovered.
Attempts to recover the aircraft were unsuccessful due to damage and low height…” said the Navy spokesperson.