Friday, May 10, 2019

IAF jets force Ukrainian plane coming from Pakistan to land in Jaipur

Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday forced a Ukrainian aircraft to land at Jaipur air base for violating the Indian air space.

Government sources told ANI that Indian Air Force fighter jets forced the Antonov An-12 heavy cargo plane coming from Pakistani air space to land at Jaipur airport. It was left off after a thorough investigation.

The An-12, after getting airborne for Delhi from Karachi in Pakistan, deviated from it's scheduled flight path and entered Indian air space from an unscheduled point in North Gujarat. The crew of the aircraft was questioned by the concerned authorities.

"It was a minor route violation, plane was made to land in Jaipur due to security concerns. It wasn't a serious violation, it's been released," Additional Commissioner of Police, Jaipur told ANI.

The An-12 entered the Indian air space around 70 km north of an important air base in the Rann of Kutch from the air space which is closed for civilian air traffic, according to the sources.
It is being reported that Indian Sukhois intercepted the cargo plane.

The IAF had sent its team from nearby bases to check the cargo contents of the aircraft.
10/05/19 Manjeet Singh Negi/India Today

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