Published On: Sun, Feb 23rd, 2020

MiG-29K aircraft on routine sortie crashes off Goa, pilot safe

Panaji: A MiG-29K aircraft crashed off Goa during a routine training sortie on Sunday morning, the Indian Navy said in a statement.

The pilot ejected safely and has been recovered

“The pilot ejected safely and has been recovered. An enquiry into the incident has been ordered,” the statement said.

On November 16, a MiG-29K trainer flight had crashed after a bird hit, soon after it took off the Dabolim International airport, which functions out of the Indian Navy base INS Hansa. Both pilots had managed to safely eject themselves to safety after both the engines of their jet failed.

According to data tabled in the recent budget session of the Goa Assembly, every ten days, at least one aircraft landing or taking off at Goa’s Dabolim international airport faces dangers involving birds or stray dogs near the runway.

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