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India's MiG-29 fighter (image: Nachiketh Nadig)

A detachable fuel tank attached to a MiG-29K fighter belonging to the Indian Navy crash-landed on the runway, spilling fuel and causing minor damage to the landing and take-off strip in Goa Airport on Saturday afternoon.

The Dabolim International airport was closed for nearly two hours and has now resumed operations.

"A portion of the main runway of the airport caught fire after a drop tank of a MiG-29K aircraft fell down from the jet while it was taking off around 2pm," Navy spokesperson Capt D K Sharma told ANI.

The airport is used for both civilian and military aircraft.

A spokesperson for the Airports Authority of India (AAI) told The Hindu, "Due to the jettisoned fuel tank on the runway during MiG sortie, the operations are closed for two hours at Goa airport. Please bear with us."

An official of the Dabolim International Airport said that the Indian Navy personnel were on site, clearing the runway of the fuel that has spilled on it and carrying out minor repairs along the stretch where the fuel tank had fallen.

"These are external fuel tanks outfitted to aircraft in order to enable them to cover more distance. One such tank attached to a MiG-29K got jettisoned off the jet during a sortie and landed on the runway," he said.

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