NEW DELHI: A SpiceJet aircraft on its way to Kabul from New Delhi with 120 passengers on board was intercepted by Pakistan Air Force fighters which then escorted the airliner out of Pakistani airspace last month, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said today. The incident took place on September 23.
According to officials, there was confusion on the “call-sign” assigned to the Boeing 737 aircraft when it entered Pakistani airspace prompting the interception.
The aircraft was asked to lower its altitude by the Pakistani Air Force fighters.
The pilots of the SpiceJet flight communicated with Pakistani Air Force fighters identifying themselves as a commercial airliner. The Spicejet aircraft was allowed to continue its flight and was escorted until it entered Afghan airspace. DGCA officials declined to share further details given the sensitivity of the matter. SpiceJet has not commented on this incident so far.