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Navy's Fighter Jet Makes Emergency Landing at Mangaluru

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A MiG-29K fighter jet of the Indian Navy made an emergency landing at Mangaluru airport at 5pm on Tuesday and was stuck on the runway for several hours as it suffered a tyre burst.

Mangaluru/New Delhi: A MiG-29K fighter jet of the Indian Navy made an emergency landing at Mangaluru airport at 5pm on Tuesday and was stuck on the runway for several hours as it suffered a tyre burst.

As many as eight flights were affected as the runway operation was shut completely for about three hours. "During a routine training sortie, a MIG 29 K fighter aircraft diverted to Mangalore airfield following a hydraulic emergency.

"During the landing the aircraft experienced a tyre burst and couldn't clear off the runway. A second MIG 29K had escorted the aircraft," Navy Spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said.

A recovery team was sent to Mangaluru airport which cleared off the runway around 8 pm.

Several flights were diverted from Mangaluru to Benguluru. Three arrivals and five departures were affected due to the runway closure between 5PM and 8PM, a Manguluru airport official said.

The MiG-29K had taken off from aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and when the pilot suspected hydraulic failure, he decided to divert the aircraft to Manguluru airport and sought its emergency landing.

first published:February 28, 2017, 21:43 IST