Indian Navy MiG-29K fighter aircraft crashes during take-off

An Indian Navy MiG 29K aircraft operating from Naval Air Station at Goa was involved in an accident on Jan. 3, the Indian Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

According to the statement, the pilot aborted take-off during a training sortie and during deceleration, the aircraft veered off the end of runway and caught fire.

The pilot jettisoned the canopy and egressed the aircraft safely. The pilot did not use his ejector seat and chose to manually discard the canopy to exit the burning jet.

The crash is the first accident involving an Indian Navy MiG-29K fighter jet.

The incident led to operations at the Goa airport being suspended from 12.30 pm to about 1.40 pm local time.  The military air base, INS Hansa has a civil enclave, that operates as Dabolim Airport. The incident reportedly happened 10 minutes before a civilian aircraft was scheduled to land at the airport.

The fire was expeditiously doused by the safety services. A Board of Inquiry (BoI) has been ordered to investigate the cause of accident.

The Russian-made MiG 29K was inducted in the Navy on May 11, 2016 after the decommissioning of the Sea Harrier jump jets. The aircraft is currently integrated on-board aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and performs the role of strike and air defence for the Navy. The fighter jet will also be deployed off the INS Vikrant, the first indigenous aircraft carrier being built at the state-owned Cochin Shipyard for the Navy.

The Mikoyan MiG-29K (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-D) is a Russian all-weather carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft developed by the Mikoyan design bureau.

The MiG-29K was developed in the late 1980s from MiG-29M. Mikoyan describes it as a 4++ generation aircraft.

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