All flight operations at Dabolim International Airport at Goa were suspended for two hours after fuel fell on the runway of the airport. The fuel fell from the detachable tanker attached to a MiG29K aircraft on Saturday without causing any major damages. However, the airport operations commenced at around 4 pm today.
“Due to jettisoned fuel tank on the runway during MiG sortie the operations are closed for two hours at Goa airport. Pl bear with us,” Airport Authority of India (AAI) Goa tweeted on its official Twitter handle on Saturday afternoon.
“These are external fuel tanks outfitted to aircraft in order to enable them to cover more distance. One such tank attached to a MiG-29K got jettisoned off the jet during a sortie and landed on the runway,” the spokesperson told IANS.
The airport is operated from Indian naval base INS Hansa located in the South Goa district.
Spokesperson Navy: Goa Airport closed temporarily for a few hours in view of fire caused by a drop tank of MiG 29K which got detached whilst taking off. All efforts in hand to resume flights as soon as possible. MiG 29K fighter aircraft is safe. (Pic courtesy: Spokesperson Navy) pic.twitter.com/dpPbMhBodV
— ANI (@ANI) June 8, 2019