In what could be termed as a miracle, the pilot of Indian Navy’s MiG-29K escaped unhurt even though all the five tyres of the aircraft burst as it landed as the pilot applied the emergency brakes. Even though there was such an emergency, the pilot did not eject and the runway was cleared within 15 minutes.
During a routine sortie on Monday afternoon, the pilot encountered a snag in the hydraulic system of the aircraft and headed for an emergency landing during which he applied the emergency brake which resulted in all the tyres bursting.
Although tyre bursts are quite common when emergency brakes are applied, all the tyres bursting is a rare occurrence.
The MiG29K were inducted in the Indian Navy on board the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov on 19th February this year.