Pakistan had fully shut its airspace in February after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot. The country opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur on March 27.
Search operation to locate the missing IAF AN-32 aircraft is underway. Two Mi17s and one ALH have been deployed with the ground party of the Army and the ITBP to locate the aircraft that went missing Monday with 13 people onboard.
The last time an IAF transport aircraft went missing was in 2016, when an AN-32 disappeared over the Bay of Bengal after taking off from Chennai for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The search and rescue operation continued for weeks but the aircraft was never found.
IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over to Indian officials at the Wagah border in Punjab. Abhinandan's parents — his father, an IAF veteran — had traveled to Amritsar from Chennai this morning to receive him on arrival