Indian Navy’s MiG-29K Skids Off Runway at Goa Airport, Pilot Ejects Safely
New Delhi, Jan 3: A MiG-29K fighter jet of the Indian Navy over shot the runway at Goa airport and caught fire on Wednesday. According to reports, a trainee-pilot, who was at the command of the fighter jet, ejected on time.
Emergency teams were pressed into service immediately after the pilot reported a fire on the aircraft.
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) January 3, 2018
The Navy spokesperson said the aircraft caught fire after it veered off the runway. The accident halted flight operations for almost two hours at Dabolim — the only airport in Goa.
Fire on MiG-29K aircraft being extinguished at Goa airport, after the aircraft went off runway while taking off & caught fire pic.twitter.com/woeBWmqgY1
— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
The Indian Navy operates MiG-29Ks from its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. India had placed orders for 16 MiG-29K in 2004 along with Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier from Russia. Gorshkov was later rechristened as INS Vikramaditya.
At present, the Navy operates 45 MIG-29K jets.