Chartered plane forced to land after violating Indian airspaceJune 20th, 2009 - 1:08 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) A chartered flight from Diego Garcia was Friday made to land at Mumbai by the Indian Air Force after it was found using a false call sign, an IAF official said here.
“All private planes are supposed to use a specific call sign. But this plane was using a call sign generally used by US military aircraft,” the official said.
“Due to this, we realised that it did not have a valid air defence clearance to fly over India,” the official added.
“Following this, IAF aircraft escorted the chartered flight to Mumbai.”