“The incident happened when the Fuel Drop Tank of a MIG-29K jettisoned accidentally. The MIG-29K was taking off on a routine training sortie at about 10 am in the morning,” according to a Naval Station Indian Navy spokesperson.
The trainee pilot was told to drop the remaining tank at sea and return. Due to malfunction, the pilot was unable to jettison the second fuel tank. When the aircraft was coming back for landing, second tank detached itself over a parking lot of the local Central Industrial Security Force base.
Indian Navy says, “Prompt action by ground support staff resulted in the quick dousing of the fire. No one has been injured and no damage has been sustained to the aircraft or the runway.”
An inquiry has been ordered by the Indian Navy.