A MiG-29K trainer jet crashed in a field near a church after experiencing an engine fire in India, with both pilots ejecting to safety.
The plane suffered “an engine fire” after taking off from Dabolim air base in Goa, the Navy said. Both pilots ejected, and a search and rescue mission is underway.
The aircraft was carrying an external fuel tank, which was dropped from the plane, causing a fire on the runway. A similar incident happened in June, when an Indian Air Force Jaguar was hit by several birds shortly after takeoff. The pilot then chose to drop two of the external fuel tanks and managed to land the damaged jet.