MiG-29 fighter pilot ejects from flaming jet during disastrous take-off (VIDEO)
The incident happened at Bobruisk Airport, southeast of Minsk, on February 23 when the engine of the MiG-29 burst into flames as it accelerated down the runway. The video of the event has just recently emerged.
As the flames grow, the pilot suddenly ejects, parachuting dramatically out of the cockpit. The aircraft continues on, leaving a raging ball of fire and thick smoke in its wake.
The Belarusian Ministry of Defence has praised the “competent” actions of the pilot.
“No one was hurt. The plane did not leave the territory of the airport," the ministry said in a statement.
The MiG-29 is a twin-engine jet fighter aircraft originally designed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s. It is currently in service in around a dozen countries.