Due to the accidental release of an external fuel tank for an Indian Navy MiG-29K Goa airport in India was forced to shutdown as fuel was spilt and minor damage was caused to the runway.
A spokesperson for the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said that after an hour the airport had reopened. What is known for sure is that the fire was caused when the drop tank quite literally feel off the MiG-29K whilst it took off, Captain DK Sharma of the Indian Navy reported,
“Due to jettisoned fuel tank on the runway during MiG sortie the operations are closed for two hours at Goa aurport. Pl[ease] bear with us” is the statement given by AAI on twitter.
Whilst stores attached to aircraft falling off isn’t unheard of, it is a rare occurrence which shows why it may not be advisable for military aircraft to operate from civilian aerodromes.
Nick Ashwell-Rice has worked in aviation and defence journalism since 2014 whilst also maintaining a career outside of the industry. He has been Editor-in-Chief at Talking Aero since its inception