Panaji, Jun 8 : All flight operations at International Airport at Dabolim in South Goa were suspended for two hours after a detachable fuel tank attached to a Mig-29K fighter crash-landed on runway on Saturday.
According to a statement from Navy, while taking off for an operational mission from Dabolim airfield at about 1300 hrs, the External Fuel Tank of a MiG 29K aircraft got jettisoned on the Runway.
A minor fire was caused due to fuel spillage.Emergency services were immediately pressed in to quickly re-operationalise the Runway. While a few civil/commercial flights were diverted and some departures slightly delayed, proactive liaison with Airports Authority of India (AAI) and other airfields ensured minimal disruption.Civil operations re-commenced at Goa airport since 1430 hrs, the statement added.
The International Airport is operated from Indian Naval base INS Hansa located in South Goa. (UNI)