Air France plane chased by MiG 29 over Amritsar

Last Updated: Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 22:11

Amritsar: The Indian Air Force today
scrambled its MiG 29 fighter jets to intercept an Air France
flight entering India from Pakistan over Amritsar as the
aircraft had switched on wrong Identify Friend or Foe (IFF)
code.

"Taking prompt action after our radars detected an
unknown aircraft over our territory, we scrambled two of our
MiG 29 air defence fighter jets from Adampur air base to
intercept the aircraft at around 0610 hours in the morning,
as it had switched on a wrong IFF code," IAF officials said
here.

"The mission was aborted soon after the fighters took
off as the French aircraft had switched over to the right
codes," they added.

IFF codes are meant to help the ground-based radars to
automatically differentiate between friendly and enemy
aircraft.

The French Airliner`s Airbus 343 aircraft was on its way
from Paris to Bangkok and was entering India after flying over
Lahore in Pakistan.

"After the aircraft switched over to the right codes, it
was allowed to proceed towards its destination and the IAF
jets came back to its base," they said.

After the 26/11 attacks, the IAF has been keeping a
tight vigil on the borders to thwart any attempt by non-state
actors to carry out any 9/11 type aerial strikes in India.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 22:11

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