MiG-29 skids, catches fire in Goa, runway shut

Updated : Jan 03, 2017, 13:16 IST

Panaji, Jan 3  A MiG-29K aircraft caught fire after it skidded off the runway in Goa’s Dabolim International Airport on Wednesday, after which the runway was closed for an hour, a senior airport official said.

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.”