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Navy fighter jet crashes in Goa airport, trainee pilot ejects safely

Navy fighter jet crashes in Goa airport, trainee pilot ejects safely

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 03 Jan 2018, 01:41 pm

New Delhi/Panaji, Jan 3 (IBNS): A MiG29K aircraft with under-trainee pilot overshot the runway and crashed at Goa airport on Wednesday, according to media reports.

The pilot managed to eject safely from the fighter jet which was part of the Indian Navy.

Around one pm on Wedesday, the Ministry of Defence said in a press release:

"A Mig29K aircraft with under-trainee pilot goes off runway while taking off at Naval Air Station Hansa, Goa airport. Pilot ejects to safety. Fire on aircraft being extinguished."

According to media reports, fire fighting is in progress and the airport has been shut down.

Tweeted Goa Airport Authority, "All flights are likely to be delayed at Goa Airport as the runway is closed for operations due to Indian Navy’s urgent operational requirements.@AAI_Official"

PM Modi had boarded a MiG 29K briefly when he visited India's largest warship aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya soon after he became the prime minister of India