The officials of Indian defence ministry, told The Goajunction, that MIG-29K crashed at Verna on Saturday after it encountered a flock of birds after takeoff from INS Hansa Air Base at Dabolim Goa.
Defence ministry, said “At about noon on 16 Nov 2019, a MiG-29K twin seater aircraft, on a routine training sortie, encountered a flock of birds after takeoff from INS Hansa Air Base at Dabolim Goa.”
It said that “The pilot observed the left engine had flamed out and the right engine had caught fire. Attempts to recover the aircraft were unsuccessful due to damage and low height”.
“The pilot, showing presence of mind, pointed the aircraft away from populated areas and both pilots ejected safely. An enquiry 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” it further asserted.