A MiG 29K combat aircraft of the Indian Navy caught fire after it veered off the runway at Goa airport, the first such incident involving the Russian-manufactured jet, a senior Navy official said.
The trainee pilot managed to eject safely from the aircraft, which crashed inside INS Hansa base while it was trying to take off. The incident led to operations at the Goa airport being suspended from 12.30 pm to about 1.40 pm.
Goa’s Dabolim airport is located inside the naval base.
In a statement, the Navy said in New Delhi that a Board of Inquiry (BoI) had been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident.