@Alpha1 and the others:
Imagine a fully loaded BA/UA jet is hijacked immediately after takeoff from Washington and the hijackers lead it towards the White House. How do you suppose the USAF should react? ( I intentionally didn’t say Air Timbuctou, because I know what your answer to that would be! LOL!)
Now imagine this, a PIA jet headed towards ORD, takes a detour of, umm lets say, around 60 miles during descent, to overfly a ultra-sensitive military location. It could be carrying recce equipment, You never know! What do you think the USAF should do in this case?
But Roy just made it a blanket statement: shoot them down. Under his blanket statement, it wouldn't matter if they were over the furthest tip of India, or over a nuclear reactor, his response would be the same, and I think that goes a bit too far.
@Alpha1: Why don’t you READ the posts properly before you venture to
comment? Do you have to be an absolute moron everyday of the year?
When, oh when did I say that? I specifically talked of “No Tolerance ZONES”. ZONES! ZONES! Get it? If you get your big head out of your rear, you will probably able to read the posts better!
There are areas in every country that need to be secured, which need to be put off limits for ALL aircraft. I have also sat in the cockpit of an aircraft for flying lessons and I understand the possibility of Nav Errors happening. I understand that fighters scrambled should be made to first warn the intruder using internationally understood signals or a warning burst from their cannons if it comes to that! Shooting it down is ONE of the things that should be considered. The last, but definitely an option. Is that SOOO difficult for you to understand?
And the frequency with which these “nav-errors” have been occuring give you reason to doubt. Just yesterday, even as one US owned 757 aircraft was on the ground in BOM, there were reports on Indian News Channels, that an American military aircraft (a C5?) was circling 180 miles off Chennai, FAR FAR off from where it should have been. Makes you wonder as to what is going on! A bad trainee like me can make nav-errors, but MILITARY PILOTS? If TRAINED military pilots are 180 miles off course, flying over the Indian space launch facility at SHAR instead of manouvering for finals into MAA, because of a “mistake”, then it makes you wonder at how these morons would perform when they have to perform against the Arabs in the Gulf War-2!
Gr8 points there S.p.a.s! Any country with a decently well developed Remote Sensing Capability knows how to evade Spy Satellites. India, with 16 IRS series satellites up there is not ignorant of them either. We managed to hide the nuclear tests from the Western satellites quite well, since the scientists knew exactly what can be seen and what cannot and how to hide what can be seen. It is here that the civilian airliners come into their own. They can be used for that “surprise element”.
Also, No country can directly shoot down an airliner even if it knows that it is carrying recce equipment of some kind. Which is why I feel that there should be international laws outlawing this sort of activity.
And how do you conclude which was the TABLOID version and which was the REAL cause? You choose to believe one version which need not be true.
BTW, according to news just coming in, the aircraft has been allowed to depart. The pilots explaination that he was deliberately misguided by the Pakistani ATC has apparently been accepted by the Aviation Minister. No mention is being made of the arms and ammo, as well as the equipment found onboard yesterday by the commandos.
Seems like the Indian and American authorities have decided to play the “Lets Blame the Pakis” game now!