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Pakistani helicopter strays into Indian air space near international border

Official sources told The Indian Express that the violation happened around 1 pm when a two-seater civil helicopter strayed into the Indian air space.

A photograph showing the international border between India and Pakistan at night from the International Space Station (Photo source: NASA)
A photograph showing the international border between India and Pakistan at night from the International Space Station (Photo source: NASA)

A Pakistani helicopter violated Indian air space by crossing over to the Indian side of the international border in Arnia sector on Monday afternoon.

Official sources told The Indian Express that the violation happened around 1 pm when a two-seater civil helicopter strayed into the Indian air space. “We saw it flying over the international border at one place and suddenly it disappeared only to resurface again at some other place,” a senior official said, attributing the air space violation to a pilot error as the international border is zigzagged between the two countries.

Normally, both sides stay 4-5 kms away from the IB to avoid chances of inadvertent crossing of the zero line. However, the Pakistan civil helicopter was flying very near to the international border, he pointed out. The matter has been reported to the Ministry of Defence.