Detained UAE plane refused customs men to enter aircraft
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Last Updated: Monday, September 07, 2009, 23:18
Kolkata: The crew of the China-bound cargo plane of the UAE Air Force, which was detained here after being found carrying a large cache of arms and ammunition, had first refused customs authorities from entering the aircraft and conducting manual inspection.

"The crew at first had stopped the Customs team from entering the aircraft for manual inspection. It was then communicated that as per the country's law, the customs authorities had to check any aircraft which lands in the country," official sources said today.

Reluctantly, the crew later allowed inspection which led to the discovery of "large" cache of arms and ammunition, they said.

The C-130 plane was on its way to Hanyang in China from Abu Dhabi and had landed at the NSC Bose International airport to refuel around 5.30 PM yesterday.

The 10 crew members were taken to a nearby hotel and questioned by the customs officials who along with immigration officials found the plane carrying "arms and ammunition" during a routine check, Wg Cdr Mahesh Upasani, Eastern Air Command spokesman said.

The crew members did not inform in the routine declaration submitted to authorities that arms and ammunition were in the plane, which, however, had the required civil and military clearance for transit through Kolkata, Upasani said. The particular column in the proforma was left blank, he added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, September 07, 2009, 23:18

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