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Indian Navy’s MiG-29K fighter aircraft crashes in Goa, pilots eject safely

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Panaji: An Indian Navy MiG 29k twin-seater trainer aircraft crashed a short distance from the Dabolim international airport on Saturday after its engine caught fire following a bird-hit, the Indian Navy said.

The two pilots Captain M. Sheokhand and Lt. Cdr. Deepak Yadav have ejected safely. The Indian Navy has instituted an enquiry into the incident, a statement said.

“At about 11.45 a.m. this morning, a MiG twin-seater aircraft on a routine training sortie encountered a flock of birds after take off from INS Hansa air base at Dabolim, Goa. The pilot observed the left engine had flamed out and the right engine had caught fire,” the Indian Navy statement said.

The incident occurred on Saturday around noon, shortly after take-off from the Dabolim international airport, which functions out of an Indian Navy base INS Hansa in South Goa.

“Attempts to recover the aircraft were unsuccessful due to damage and low height. The pilot with his presence of mind pointed the aircraft away from populated areas and both pilots ejected safely. An enquiry has been instituted by the Navy… There is no loss of life or damage to property on ground,” the statement added.

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Indian Army knocks down two terrorists in south Kashmir

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Srinagar: Two terrorists were killed and two security men injured in an ongoing encounter in the Tral area of south Kashmir on Tuesday.

According to reports, police had a specific input about the presence of militants in the Zand village of Tral. The area was cordoned off and search operation launched. A contact was eventually established with the militants, who were hiding in a house that led to the fire fight.

This was the second major encounter in Kashmir in the past two days.

On Monday, three militants were killed in Shopian, including top Hizbul Mujhahideen commander Wasim, Adil Bashir and Jehangir.

Wasim was involved in the killing of eight people, including four security men in the valley.

Last year, Adil had decamped with eight Ak 47 rifles from the official residence of the then MLA Aijaz Mir from People’s Democratic Party.

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