A MiG-29K twin seater aircraft, on a routine training sortie, encountered a flock of birds after takeoff from the naval Air Base at Dabolim Goa at about noon today. The pilot observed that the left engine had flamed out and the right engine had caught fire.
Attempts to recover the aircraft following the standard operating procedures were unsuccessful due to nature of emergency. The pilot, showing huge presence of mind, pointed the aircraft away from populated areas and both pilots ejected safely.
Rakhsa Mantri Rajnath Singh spoke to both the pilots. “Spoke to the pilots, Capt Mrigank and Deepak Yadav of the MiG-29K which crashed after the take-off from Goa today. 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,” tweeted Rajnath Singh.
An inquiry to investigate the cause of accident has been instituted by the Navy. The pilots Capt M Sheokhand and Lt Cdr Deepak Yadav are safe and have been recovered. There has been no loss of life or damage to property on ground.