A MiG-29K fighter aircraft of the Indian Navy crashed on Saturday after its engine caught fire after taking off from Dabolim in Goa. Both pilots – Captain Mrigank Sheokhand and Lieutenant Commander Deepak Yadav – ejected safely, said a Navy spokesperson.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said he had spoken to the two pilots. “Spoke to the pilots, Captain Mrigank and Deepak Yadav of the MiG-29K which crashed after the take-off from Goa today,” he tweeted. “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.”
An Indian Air Force MiG-27 aircraft had crashed in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer in February while on a training mission near the Pokhran range. The pilot managed to eject from the aircraft. The same month, two pilots died after a Mirage 2000 trainer fighter aircraft crashed near the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited airport in Bengaluru.
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