Watch A MiG-29 Fulcrum Catch Fire On Take Off In Belarus

Jul 15 2017 - 8 Comments

Impressive footage shows a Belarusian Air Force MiG-29’s failed take off and subsequent ejection.

The video below shows a Belarusian Air Force MiG-29BM Fulcrum that caught fire on take off from Bobruisk on Feb. 27, 2017.

Although the incident is under investigation and initially filed as an “engine fire”, the footage seems to show a collapse of the landing gear, an uncommanded retraction (or an untimely one – even though this option is not mentioned in reports emerged so far..) that caused the aircraft to fall on the runway sparking fire.

Regardless of the root cause of the fire, the pilot was able to successfully eject from the aircraft.

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  • nygard1

    Oops – verify positive climb and THEN gear up…

  • su-34

    Regardless of the “official” cause, it’s obvious that the main gear
    retracts, then the front wheel, and after the belly hits the runway the
    engines catch fire. “uncommanded retraction”, or pilot error? Ejection
    cause is most probably engine fire. Anyway, K-36D is still the best…

    • con_fuse

      That was an impressive ejection, the height of the seat and pilot and the time it took to get to the height. Gotta wonder how the pilot’s back feels after that.

    • FoilHatWearer

      Are the Russians still floating the myth that it’s a self-righting seat? Cracks me up.

  • Andrew Pearce

    collapse of the gear my arse… it looks like he raised his gear way, way too early.

  • FoilHatWearer

    Not hard to figure out what happened here. The pilot put up the gear handle while still on takeoff roll. The weight-on-wheels switch will keep the gear from retracting until the plane lifts off. It’s snappy to see the gear go up the second the plane lifts off. But if the plane gets temporarily light enough on the gear/wheels due to a wind gust or runway contour and then settle back down to the runway, the result is what you see here.

  • Deplorable Flyboy

    Uncommanded gear retraction is probably a one in a million shot if not much more. Pilot thought he was off the ground when he flipped the gear lever. There’s a reason we have manuals and airspeed rotation and takeoff numbers to calculate during pre-flight.

  • Ryan Barry

    It’s Russian, you don’t think there could have been a faulty switch? A short could also have caused a retraction. Belarusian aircraft are old. The Mig-29s they operate are getting long in the tooth. Any number of mechanical and electrical failure could have been at fault besides the obvious pilot error.