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.
Flash. #GoaAirport closed temporarily for a few hours view incident of fire caused by a drop tank of MiG 29K which got detached whilst taking off. All efforts in hand to resume flights ASAP. MiG 29K fighter ac is safe. @aaigoaairport @AAI_Official pic.twitter.com/5iDRT8r6BX
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) June 8, 2019
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.