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Scare after four fighter jets enter civilian flight path near Nagpur

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  1. Virajith

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    NEW DELHI: Four fighter jets of the IAF strayed into the flight path of civilian aircraft near Nagpur on Monday afternoon, provoking "a scare'' among the civil air traffic controllers and leading the IAF to launch a probe into the entire episode.

    "Both IAF and Airports Authority of India (AAI) are investigating the incident. The fighters were taking part in a refueling exercise when they seem to have briefly flown into the civilian airspace after straying from the demarcated exercise area. It was not a serious violation,'' said an IAF official.

    The incident took place around 12.30 pm when the fighters were being refueled by the IL-78 mid-air refuellers during the exercise. "They entered the civilian airspace, which is called TMA (terminal maneuvering area), and were spotted on the civil ATC radars. There was a scare for several minutes till the fighters exited the airspace. Better coordination is needed between the civil and military aviation authorities,'' said an AAI official.

    Soon after the incident, the AAI lodged a complaint with the civil aviation ministry and regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation, who, in turn, got in touch with IAF authorities. IAF and civil aviation authorities have long been at loggerheads with each other over the sharing of airspace in the country. IAF accuses the tendency of civil aviation authorities to blame it for everything — from near-misses to airspace violations. Civil authorities blame the IAF for not sharing enough airspace to ease air traffic congestion in the country.


    NEW DELHI: Four fighter jets of the IAF strayed into the flight path of civilian aircraft near Nagpur on Monday afternoon, provoking "a scare'' among the civil air traffic controllers and leading the IAF to launch a probe into the entire episode.

    "Both IAF and Airports Authority of India (AAI) are investigating the incident. The fighters were taking part in a refueling exercise when they seem to have briefly flown into the civilian airspace after straying from the demarcated exercise area. It was not a serious violation,'' said an IAF official.

    The incident took place around 12.30 pm when the fighters were being refueled by the IL-78 mid-air refuellers during the exercise. "They entered the civilian airspace, which is called TMA (terminal maneuvering area), and were spotted on the civil ATC radars. There was a scare for several minutes till the fighters exited the airspace. Better coordination is needed between the civil and military aviation authorities,'' said an AAI official.

    Soon after the incident, the AAI lodged a complaint with the civil aviation ministry and regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation, who, in turn, got in touch with IAF authorities. IAF and civil aviation authorities have long been at loggerheads with each other over the sharing of airspace in the country. IAF accuses the tendency of civil aviation authorities to blame it for everything — from near-misses to airspace violations. Civil authorities blame the IAF for not sharing enough airspace to ease air traffic congestion in the country.


    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Scare-after-four-fighter-jets-enter-civilian-flight-path-near-Nagpur/articleshow/24225359.cms
     
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    Hmmm...military people are starting to take their own decisions nowadays. First the alleged
    'coup' by Gen. VK Singh, now this. Next what? INS Viraat being diverted to attack Mumbai?
     
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