Minor fire on INS Dega runway after Mig-29 K jettisons drop tank accidentally
New Delhi: A minor fire broke out on the runway of INS Dega today at Visakhapatnam.
According to Navy spokesperson, the incident happened when the Fuel Drop Tank of a MIG-29K jettisoned accidentally. He said the MIG-29K was taking off on a routine training sortie at about 10 am in the morning.
“Prompt action by ground support staff resulted in quick dousing of the fire. No one has been injured and damage has been sustained to the aircraft or the runway,” the spokesperson said.
The Indian Navy investigating the incident as per the procedures. INS Dega is one of the premier Naval Air Stations located on the east coast of India, near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
According to a naval source, the aircraft was on a routine sortie when one of the fuel drop tanks mounted on the wing got jettisoned accidentally.
“The tank rolled on the runway triggering spark. It was followed by minor fire and smoke. The ground support crew swung into action and doused the fire. There was no damage to the aircraft and the runway,” a naval source told Mathrubhumi.
Interestingly, the pilot continued with his mission and jettisoned the other drop tank into a CISF Colony road, which was free from any habitation.
But a Navy spokesperson said that the aircraft was directed to jettison the second drop tank at sea.
“But due to the malfunction of the system, it could that did not happen. When the aircraft was coming back for landing, it jettisoned on its own. No damage to life or property is being reported,” he said.
The runway was cleared after inspection for normal operations.