PIA plane; strays into Indian airspace for 10 minutes

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PIA plane strays into Indian airspace for 10 minutes

After attempting to land at the Lahore Airport but being unable to do so due to severe weather, a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft spent nearly ten minutes in Indian airspace.

On May 4, around 8 o’clock, PK248 made its way back from Muscat. The pilot attempted to land at Allama Iqbal International Airport. However, after getting instructions from the air traffic control, the pilot embarked on a go-round owing to the severe weather and got confused on the way back.

The aircraft departed from the Badhana police station in Punjab and entered Indian airspace while travelling at a speed of 292 km/hr at a height of 13,500 feet. The aircraft made a U-turn after departing from Naushehra Pannuan and travelled via the Indian Punjab cities of Taran Sahib and Rasulpur before returning to Pakistani airspace close to the village of Jhugian Noor Muhammad.

The captain of the aircraft raised it to a height of 20,000 feet before entering Indian territory, where it stayed for seven minutes while flying over the Kasur villages in Pakistani Punjab.

At a height of 23,000 feet and a speed of 320 km/h, the aircraft left Indian Punjab and returned to Pakistani territory.

The plane crossed Hujra Shah Muqeem and Dipalpur after entering Pakistani airspace before heading to Multan. During its nearly 10 minutes flight through Indian territory, the plane covered a distance of 120 kilometres.

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