The Hush Post| 03;35pm| 1-min-read
The airport at Goa, India’s most popular tourist hub, was closed temporarily on Saturday afternoon.
Flying operations were suspended after the fuel tank of figher jet MiG 29K got detached while taking off and caught fire on the runway.
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
Vistara airlines tweeted that two of its flights have been delayed- one to Delhi and another to Mumbai. Both flights will take off post 5pm this evening.
Captain D K Sharma, the spokesperson of the Indian Navy, tweeted about flight operations being resumed after around an hour at the airport.
The incident took place at around 2 pm today. The MiG 29K fighter jet and its pilot are safe.
The Goa airport uses the runaway of the Naval Air Station INS Hansa, the home base of MiG 29K fighter jets.