An Indian Navy MiG-29K fighter aircraft accidentally jettisoned a detachable fuel tank while taking off from Indian naval air station INS Hansa, located near Dabolim in Goa, on June 8.
The incident spilled fuel on the runway causing fire and also reportedly caused minor damage to the strip.
Goa’s Dabolim International Airport, the sole international airport catering the popular tourist destination, operates as a civil enclave in the military airbase and the commercial flight operation from the airport was temporarily suspended following the incident. During the closure, Goa-bound flights were diverted to nearby airports.
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
Mikoyan MiG-29K “Fulcrum-D” is the carrier-capable version of the MiG-29 “Fulcrum” twin-engine fighter aircraft developed by Russia’s Mikoyan Design Bureau.
The Indian Navy inducted the aircraft into its fleet on May 11, 2016 after the decommissioning of the Sea Harrier jump jets. The aircraft performs the role of strike and air defence for the Navy.
The Navy currently operates MiG-29Ks off its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and a shore-based squadron is based at INS Hansa. In future, the fighter jet will be deployed off the INS Vikrant, the first indigenous aircraft carrier being built at the state-owned Cochin Shipyard for the Navy.