rsg85
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India Missile 'forces Indonesian Jet Home'

Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:25 pm

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?
 
Nimish
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RE: India Missile 'forces Indonesian Jet Home'

Fri Apr 13, 2007 11:14 pm

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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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RE: India Missile 'forces Indonesian Jet Home'

Fri Apr 13, 2007 11:37 pm

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.
 
GRIVely
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RE: India Missile 'forces Indonesian Jet Home'

Fri Apr 13, 2007 11:44 pm

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.

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RE: India Missile 'forces Indonesian Jet Home'

Sat Apr 14, 2007 12:30 am

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
 
GRIVely
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RE: India Missile 'forces Indonesian Jet Home'

Sat Apr 14, 2007 5:53 am

Gamps,

Thank you for posting the link.

GRIV
 
mrniji
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RE: India Missile 'forces Indonesian Jet Home'

Sat Apr 14, 2007 6:08 am

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?
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RE: India Missile 'forces Indonesian Jet Home'

Sat Apr 14, 2007 6:10 am

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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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mrniji
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RE: India Missile 'forces Indonesian Jet Home'

Sat Apr 14, 2007 6:14 am

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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