New Delhi: IAF fighter jets forced an Antonov AN-12 heavy cargo plane to land at Jaipur airport on Friday. If sources are to be believed, the Georgian cargo plane, AN-12, after getting airborne for Delhi from Karachi, deviated from its scheduled path and entered Indian air space from an unscheduled point in North Gujarat. Also Read - IAF Roped In To Fly Oxygen Tankers, Railways Begins Express Corridor To Fasten Delivery
The aircraft was successfully intercepted by highly alert IAF Air Defence aircraft and was forced to land at Jaipur airfield. Sources further claimed that the plane was escorted by two Sukhoi fighters. The pilot of the plane is being interrogated. Also Read - IAF To Induct Second Squadron of Rafale Fighter Jets at West Bengal's Hasimara Air Base in April
“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,” ANI quoted IAF spokesperson Gp Capt Anupam Bannerjee as saying.
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 added.