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At the scene of the crash in Goa, India.

PHOTO BY INDIA TODAY


India fighter jet crashes after bird strike

 

DUBAI – A fighter jet crashed in India’s state of Goa shortly after takeoff on Saturday (November 16) following a bird strike, according to the Indian Navy.

The MiG-29K aircraft was on a training mission when a bird hit sparked fire in the right engine. Both pilots managed to eject safety before the aircraft crashed in an open and safe area.

Navy Spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal said, “The MiG-29K trainer aircraft suffered an engine fire. The pilots Captain M Sheokhand and Lt Commander Deepak Yadav ejected safely.”

Sources at Goa Airport said that the fighter jet crashed at noon, shortly after takeoff from Dabolim International Airport.

A bird strike is a collision between an airborne animal and a manmade vehicle, usually an aircraft. ICA/Expat Media

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