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India Missile 'forces Indonesian Jet Home'  
User currently offlineRsg85 From Australia, joined Aug 2006, 257 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2589 times:

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=261038

A surprise Indian missile test forced an Indonesian airliner packed with passengers to turn around and head home, threatening a diplomatic spat.

Anybody heard news of how close the missile was?

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User currently onlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3212 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2320 times:

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The Boeing 747 jet carrying 400 people aborted its flight after 90 minutes and returned to the Indonesian capital Jakarta, the report said.

I don't think Indonesia is only 90 minutes from Indian airspace. Sounds suspicious. Besides how did they know it was an Indian missile? Were they able to spot the Indian tricolor on the missile or something similar  Wink?



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User currently offlinePNQIAD From India, joined May 2006, 586 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

While I am personally skeptical of the claim, Indian news site Rediff.com is reporting that an AIX plane also had to do an about turn....
When Agni III came in the way of jets

Quote:
Two jet aircraft had to return to the south-east Asian cities from where they took off while flying over Indian airspace at the time of the Agni missile test on Thursday with one incident threatening to cause a diplomatic spat.

An Air India Express flight bound for Chennai via Tiruchirappalli returned to Singapore following the missile test.

In the second incident, the Garuda Indonesia jet, carrying Muslim pilgrims en route to Saudi Arabia, had reached Indian airspace when the missile streaked across the sky forcing the plane to turn around, AFP reported from Jakarta.


User currently offlineGRIVely From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

Hmm, wasn't there a range closure/NOTAM to warn aviation and maritime interests? If that was an oversight it could have been very tragic and needs rectification. If one wasn't issued by conscious decision of the authorities that would probably be worse.

the GRIV


User currently offlineGamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

India clarifies..

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1090608

All countries had been informed about Agni test: India

Rejecting claims by Jakarta that it had no knowledge about Agni-III missile launch, India said authorities in Indonesia and other countries in the region had been informed about Thursday's test-fire a week before.

"A notice was sent a week before the test by the Indian civil aviation authorities to Air Traffic Control (ATC), Jakarta and other ATCs in the region informing them about the launch window dates, danger time, zone and height," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters here.

"The ATCs were requested to take action to issue NOTAM (Notice to Aviators and Mariners) in accordance with relevant ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) provisions," Sarna said.

His reaction came in the wake of an Indonesian media report in which Jakarta claimed that the missile test forced a plane of national carrier Garuda, with 400 people on board, to abort its flight.

Sarna underlined that India's missile testing programme has always followed the requisite safety precautions and the same was done in the case of Agni-III test on Thursday


User currently offlineGRIVely From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1867 times:

Gamps,

Thank you for posting the link.

GRIV


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1837 times:

Quoting Nimish (Reply 1):
I don't think Indonesia is only 90 minutes from Indian airspace. Sounds suspicious.

Nimish, could that have been around A&N Islands?


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1831 times:

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I don't think Indonesia is only 90 minutes from Indian airspace.

The Indonesian island of Sumatra is the closest island to the Indian subcontinent; however, India also controls a chain of islands - the Andaman and Nicobar - that stretch from Sumatra up to Myanmar. These narrow chain of islands are located closer to the narrow peninsular parts of Thailand and Myanmar (+/- 250 miles) than to India (+/- 750 miles).



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User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 7):

The Indonesian island of Sumatra is the closest island to the Indian subcontinent; however, India also controls a chain of islands - the Andaman and Nicobar - that stretch from Sumatra up to Myanmar. These narrow chain of islands are located closer to the narrow peninsular parts of Thailand and Myanmar (+/- 250 miles) than to India (+/- 750 miles).

That's what I also thought (see my post). However, can the Jet from JAK arrive in 90 min in that area?

How come the AIX Jet was affected? Wasn't AI or ATC informed?


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