New Delhi: The notice to airmen over potential hazards has been withdrawn, said ANI on Wednesday evening. (Catch LIVE Updates of India-Pakistan Standoff Here) Also Read - Pulwama 2-year Anniversary: Netizens Remember Sacrifice of 40 CRPF Soldiers Who Were Martyred on February 14, 2019
Now that NOTAM (Notice to Airmen to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route) has been withdrawn, flight operations will resume. Also Read - PDP Youth Wing President Waheed Para Arrested Again After Bail in Terror Funding Case, Mehbooba Mufti Calls 'Vendetta'
The operation of flights to and from eleven airports, including Leh, Jammu, Srinagar, Pathankot, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Dharamshala, was suspended in the wake of the escalating tension between India and Pakistan after the Indian Air Force (IAF) brought down Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) F-16 in Lam Valley, Nowshera. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: Seven Civilians Injured After Terrorists Throw Grenade at Security Forces Near Tral Bus Stand
Earlier, flight operations at Dehradun, Shimla, Bhuntar and Gagal airports were also temporarily suspended.
Three PAF jets had violated the Indian air space and entered border areas Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Nowshera sectors but were pushed back by the Indian Air Force.
The Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that one MiG 21 was lost and its pilot was missing in action. It also said that it needed to check the Pakistan claim of having captured two Indian pilots.
Earlier on Tuesday, 12 Mirage 2000 aircraft of the Indian Air Force struck Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest terror camp at Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the IAF jet crashed in Naslapur area of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir.
Reports stated that a pilot and co-pilot have been killed in the mishap that took place in an open field near Garend Kalaan village at 10.05 AM. Eye-witnesses alleged that a civilian was also killed in the crash.