A fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday forced a plan coming from Pakistan to land at the Jaipur airport after it supposedly deviated from its original flight path.
Indian Air Force jets scrambled to force an Antonov AN-12, a four-engined turboprop transport aircraft – cargo flight designed by the Soviet Union, to land at the Jaipur airport. The plane flew from Karachi and was scheduled to land in Delhi, the report said.
The pilot of the plane was held by Indian authorities for questioned.
The AN-12 aircraft was of Georgia and was coming from Karachi to Delhi. It violated Indian Air Space by diverting from the original flight route, and entered Indian Airspace from an unscheduled point in north Gujarat at 3:15 pm. It entered Indian Airspace 70 kilometres north of an important air base in the Rann of Kutch.
A statement released by the government reads, “The aircraft did not follow the authorized Air Traffic Services (ATS) route and was not responding to Radio calls from Indian controlling agencies. Since ATS routes in the area were closed due to the current geopolitical situation, and the aircraft entered Indian Airspace from an unscheduled point, the Air Defence interceptor on operational readiness was scrambled and vectored towards the unknown aircraft for investigation.”
During interception the aircraft respond only to international distress frequency. Two Indian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets at an altitude of 27,000 feet challenged the aircraft forcing it to land in Jaipur. The statement added, “when challenged, the aircraft responded and informed that it was a non-scheduled An-12 aircraft that had got airborne from Tbilisi (Georgia) for Delhi via Karachi. The aircraft was shadowed and forced to land at Jaipur for necessary investigation.”
During interrogation the pilots revealed that the cargo plane was leased by Ukrainian engine manufacturer ”MotorSich”. The Jaipur Additional Commissioner of Police confirmed that the plane and it’s pilots were released.
Source : Various