As per reports, both the pilots managed to eject safely. The aircraft involved in the crash was a trainer version of the fighter jet.
Navy Spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal said that the MiG-29K trainer aircraft suffered an engine fire. “The pilots Captain M Sheokhand and Lt Commander Deepak Yadav ejected safely,” said the commander.
MIG-29K trainer aircraft was flying from ashore (Goa). During recovery, there was a bird hit and fire on right engine was observed.
Both pilots ejected and have been reported safe. The aircraft crashed in open area and no casualties have been reported.
Further details are being ascertained.
(With inputs from agencies)