The Indian Air Force was intently monitoring a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777 jetliner which crossed into the Indian airspace final week, after it did not land at Lahore airport due to heavy rain within the area.
On May 4, the Pakistani International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-248, being operated on a 16-year-old Boeing 777, had taken off from Muscat for Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport when it needed to abort its touchdown due to poor climate situations.
Sources mentioned the Delhi Air Traffic Control had been alerted to the situations that the jetliner was experiencing, and that it had processed a request for the Boeing to fly a detour given the climate within the space.
“The incident of the PIA plane flying in Indian airspace as a consequence of unhealthy climate was coordinated between Lahore and Delhi space management, with data being shared with the Air Force Movement Liaison Unit,”sources mentioned.
“The Indian Air Force was within the image and was monitoring the scenario.”
A tracker on Flight Radar 24, a commercially obtainable app which screens the motion of plane worldwide, signifies that the PIA jetliner flew North of the Bhikhiwind city in Punjab at 8.42 pm on May 4 shortly after coming into Indian airspace.
It then flew over town of Tarn Taran earlier than turning Southwest to ultimately re-enter Pakistan airspace the place it diverted to Multan and landed there.
Sources inform NDTV that the IAF didn’t scramble any fighter jets through the incident.
Pakistani International Airlines does have permission to function designated flights over Indian airspace, together with flights to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Several Indian airways function every day flights to the West throughout Pakistani airspace.
The incident involving PIA flight PK-248 and the request to detour due to poor climate within the area, will not be uncommon.
Despite the proximity of Lahore and the India-Pakistan border, air visitors controllers all the time prioritise the secure operations of flights, like on this case alerting the Delhi Air Traffic Control of an unplanned route diversion by the PIA Boeing 777.