PAF F - 16 fighter jets scrambled to chase and intercept the Indian plane
*ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Air Force F - 16 fighter jets scrambled to chase and intercept the Indian plane, media report had revealed. *
Indian aircraft on its way to Kabul from New Delhi with was intercepted by Pakistan Air Force fighter jets which then escorted the airliner out of the country's airspace last month, sources in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said today. The incident took place on September 23.
According to DGCA officials, there was confusion over the "call-sign" assigned to the Boeing 737 aircraft when it entered Pakistani airspace prompting the interception.
The aircraft was asked to lower its altitude by the Pakistani Air Force fighters, which news agency ANI reported were F-16s.
The pilots of the SpiceJet flight communicated with Pakistani Air Force fighters, identifying themselves as a commercial airliner.
The Spicejet aircraft was allowed to continue its flight and was escorted until it entered Afghan airspace.
DGCA officials declined to share further details given the sensitivity of the matter.