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Indian Air Force intercepts Antonov-12 cargo plane trespassing into Indian territory from Pakistan

Jaipur: In a major development, the Indian Air Force on Friday intercepted an Antonov-12 cargo plane which entered from an unauthorised air route from Pakistani side and forced it to land at the Jaipur air base.

 Indian Air Force intercepts Antonov-12 cargo plane trespassing into Indian territory from Pakistan

The Antonov-12 cargo aircraft was intercepted by IAF Sukhois. ANI

The aircraft carrying spares was forced to land at 4.55 pm in Jaipur and its crew is being questioned by the authorities concerned on the ground, senior government sources told ANI.

The AN-12 entered the Indian air space around 70 kilometres north of an important air base in the Rann of Kutch from the air space, which is closed for civilian air traffic, sources said.

The IAF will send its team from nearby bases to check the cargo contents of the aircraft.

"Today afternoon, one AN-12 aircraft of Georgia after getting airborne for Delhi from Karachi deviated from it's scheduled flight path and entered Indian Air Space from an unscheduled point in North Gujarat. The aircraft was successfully intercepted by highly alert IAF Air Defence aircraft and was forced to land at Jaipur airfield," IAF spokesperson Gp Capt Anupam Bannerjee said.

Sources said as soon as the air force bases detected the aircraft on their radars, they activated two air defence fighters SU-30MKI there.

"The Georgian aircraft was earlier not responding but started descending 60 kms near Jaipur and landed," they said.

According to sources, the heavy cargo plane was being leased by a Ukrainian engine manufacturer 'MotorSich'.

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Updated Date: May 10, 2019 19:33:57 IST