Hours after a cargo plane coming from Pakistani air space was forced to land on Jaipur airport, it has now emerged that there is nothing suspicious about it. Laxman Gaur, Additional Police Commissioner (Jaipur) has confirmed this. He was quoted by PTI.
According to reports, An-12 aircraft from Georgia got airborne for Delhi from Karachi deviated from its scheduled path and entered Indian air space from an unknown location in north Gujarat.
The aircraft carrying spares was forced to land at 4.55 pm in Jaipur and its crew was questioned by the authorities concerned on the ground, senior government sources told ANI earlier.
The IAF sent its teams from nearby bases to check cargo 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 earlier.
Sources said as soon as the air force bases detected the aircraft on their radars, they put Sukhoi fighter jets on alert.
"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'.
(With ANI inputs)