A MiG-29 fighter plane crashed into the Arabian Sea close to the Sarmat Firing Range near Jamnagar on Tuesday evening. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Krishna Kant, sustained minor injuries.
“According to the IAF, the accident occurred around 8.30 pm on Tuesday near Sarmat Firing Range when an IAF pilot from Jamnagar was on a routine sortie. He managed to eject safely after the engine of the MiG-29 developed some technical snag. We are awaiting further details,” Jamnagar district collector VP Patel told the Hindustan Times.
Air Commodore Devendra Singh, in charge of the Jamnagar Air Force base, however did not furnish any details about the plane or the pilot.
However, it is learnt from reliable sources in the IAF that there was no co-pilot onboard the MiG-29.
This is the third incident this year when a MiG fighter plane has crashed near the Jamnagar airbase.
On January 17, a MiG-21 fighter plane had crashed near the same firing range. In that case too, the pilot, Squadron Leader JPS Bains, experienced a technical snag and managed to eject moments before the crash.
On June 29, a two-seater MiG-29 fighter, which took off from the Bhuj airbase, crashed near the Pirotan island in the Arabian Sea, some 40 nautical miles north of the Jamnagar coast during a routine training mission. Luckily, Wing Commander A Nautiyal and Squadron Leader NK Mahal, ejected safely, sustaining only minor injuries.