An Indian Navy MiG-29K fighter aircraft has crashed in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Goa at around 10.30 am on Feb. 23, according to a Navy statement.
The aircraft was conducting a routine sortie when the crash occurred. The pilot of the aircraft was able to eject safely and was later rescued.
An inquiry to investigate the incident has been ordered, the Navy added in its statement.
Today morning at around 1030h a Mig 29k aircraft on a routine training sortie crashed off Goa. The pilot of the aircraft ejected safely and has been recovered. An enquiry to investigate the incident has been ordered.@DefenceMinIndia @SpokespersonMoD
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) February 23, 2020
This is the second Indian Navy MiG-29K crash in the past four months. On Nov. 16, an Indian Navy MiG-29K twin-seat fighter trainer crashed shortly after take-off from the Indian naval air station of INS Hansa in Dabolim, Goa. The crash occurred when the left engine flamed out while the right engine of the aircraft caught fire due to suspected bird hit. Both the pilots had ejected safely during that incident.
Today’s crash is the third Indian Navy MiG-29K crash. The first was in Jan. 2018 when a MiG-29K veered off the runway and crashed inside the INS Hamsa base. The trainee pilot managed to eject safely from the aircraft, which caught fire.
The Mikoyan MiG-29K is a carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft developed by Russia’s Mikoyan Design Bureau.
In 2004, India ordered 12 MiG-29K single-seat and 4 MiG-29KUB two-seat fighter jets, and ordered an additional 29 MiG-29Ks, worth US$1.2 billion, in January 2010. The 45th aircraft was delivered in February 2017.
The MiG-29K entered operational service with India in February 2010. The fighters were based at INS Hansa on India’s west coast until aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (Ex-Admiral Gorshkov) joined the navy in the last quarter of 2013. The jets are operated by the Navy’s INAS (Indian Naval Air Squadron) 300 and INAS 303 squadrons, both based at INS Hansa.
The Russian Navy has also ordered the MiG-29K as a replacement for their Sukhoi Su-33 aircraft.