A MiG 29K fighter jet of the Indian Navy, which was on a training mission, crashed shortly after taking off in Goa on Saturday, officials said.
“During a training mission, after take off from INS HANSA at Dabolim a Mig 29k trainer aircraft suffered an engine fire. The pilots Capt M Sheokhand and Lt Cdr Deepak Yadav ejected safely, the navy tweeted.
The cause of the engine failure was not immediately known but some reports claimed it was on account of a bird hit.
Navy sources confirmed that the aircraft being flown by trainee pilots landed in an open area.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing a huge plume of smoke as well as two parachutes descending after the crash. More details of the incident are awaited.