Panaji: 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.
The incident occurred when the fighter jet, manned by a trainee pilot, skidded, a statement from the defense ministry spokesperson said.. Goa airport operates from the Indian Naval base INS Hansa. The pilot ejected safely.
"The fire on the aircraft is being extinguished," the spokesperson said.
BCH Negi, the Airports Authority of India director for the Goa airport, told IANS that the runway was closed. "It has been closed for an hour as of now."