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Goa airport reopens after fire incident, MiG-29K dropped fuel tank during take off

A portion of the main runway of the airport caught fire after a drop tank of a MiG-29K aircraft fell down from the jet while it was taking off.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2019 3:57:04 pm
 Goa airport, Goa airport fire, Dabolim International airport, MiG-29K aircraft fire, Goa aircraft fire, goa news, indian express The Goa airport was closed temporarily on Friday afternoon following an incident of fire. (Source: Indian Navy/Twitter)

All flight operations at Dabolim International Airport in Goa got temporarily suspended for a couple of hours on Saturday, following an incident of fire caused by a drop tank of a naval fighter aircraft, a Navy official said. Civil operations have re-commenced since 2.30 pm.

A portion of the main runway of the airport caught fire after a drop tank of a MiG-29K aircraft fell down from the jet while it was taking off, Navy spokesperson Capt D K Sharma said. He said the airport was closed for a few hours following the incident that took place around 2 PM.

The Goa airport is used for both civilian and military aircraft.

Emergency services were swiftly pressed in order to re-operationalise the runway. While a few commercial flights were diverted and some departures slightly delayed, proactive liasion with AAI and other airfields ensured minimal disruption.

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