Panaji, Jan 3: A MiG-29K fighter on a training sortie veered off the runway at Dabolim aiport on Wednesday, after which the runway was closed for an hour, a senior airport official said.
Fire on MiG-29K aircraft being extinguished at Goa airport, after the aircraft went off runway while taking off & caught fire tweeted ANI.
Fire on MiG-29K aircraft being extinguished at Goa airport, after the aircraft went off runway while taking off & caught fire pic.twitter.com/woeBWmqgY1
— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
A statement from the Defence Ministry spokesperson said the incident occurred when the fighter jet, manned by an trainee pilot, skidded. Goa airport operates from the Indian Naval base INS Hansa.
“The fire on the aircraft is being extinguished,” the spokesperson said.
B.C.H. Negi, the Airports Authority of India Director for the Goa airport, told IANS that the runway was closed for now. “It has been closed for an hour as of now.”
“A MiG-29K aircraft with under-trainee pilot goes off runway while taking off at Goa airport. Pilot eject(ed) to safety,” the spokesperson tweeted.
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) January 3, 2018
The spokesperson said the aircraft caught fire and the blaze was being extinguished. The accident halted flight operations at Dabolim, — the only airport in Goa.
Input from ANI and IANS