IAF scrambles fighter jets as Turkish plane sparks alert

The Delhi-bound passenger plane was later allowed to proceed after its credentials were verified.

By: Press Trust of India | Jodhpur | Published:July 13, 2014 5:04 pm

The Indian Air Force on Sunday scrambled fighter planes from air base here after two commercial passenger aircraft sought to enter Indian territory from Pakistan side using similar identification codes, sparking a security alert.

Two MiG-21 fighter aircraft were sent from Jodhpur air base to investigate a Turkish Airlines plane over Jaisalmer this morning when it repeated an identification code, which is unique to any aircraft, given by a commercial passenger plane that had entered Indian airspace before it. However, the Delhi-bound passenger plane was later allowed to proceed after its credentials were verified, IAF officials said.

Identification codes are issued to commercial airplanes to establish their identity before they enter the territory of any particular country during international flights.

The first aircraft entered the Indian territory using its identification code and doubts were raised when the second aircraft gave out the same code, an IAF spokesperson said.

Two MiG-21 Bison aircraft were sent to intercept the aircraft and it was allowed to proceed towards its destination only after the fighter jets verified its credentials, he said.

Sources said the commercial airliner from the West Asian country was on its way to Delhi after flying over Pakistan.

The aircraft was picked up by Indian Air Force’s radar unit based near Jodhpur.

As part of standard operating procedures, the IAF scrambles its fighter aircraft and alerts its air defence units if any unidentified aircraft or any other flying object is seen its air zone.

Jodhpur in Rajasthan is nearly 600 km from Delhi and 280 km from Jaisalmer.

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  1. A
    Jul 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm
    As Citizen notes, glad our guys are alert. And like Mr. Girish asks, how did this mistake happed?
  2. A
    Jul 19, 2014 at 6:38 am
    Each aircraft has a unique mode-S transponder ID allotted by the regulatory agency of the operator country as per ICAO guidelines. If this has happened an investigation should have been launched..
  3. S
    Jul 14, 2014 at 2:40 am
    Good question! This was not addressed in the article.
  4. G
    Jul 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm
    but how was the identification code resolved? how did it get duplicated in the first place?
  5. J
    Jul 14, 2014 at 10:25 am
    Hope this is not the repainted MH370 with a cloned transponder of turkish aricraft
  6. C
    Jul 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm
    Good this shows that our defense forces are on alert 24/7 kudos to all those guys who are serving the nation at all odds 24/7 Jaihind
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