Pakistan PIA plane strays into Indian airspace for 10 minutes
Pakistan PIA plane strays into Indian airspace for 10 minutes

KARACHI: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that was unable to land at the Lahore Airport due to severe weather stayed in Indian airspace for 10 minutes before returning to Pakistan after flying 125 kilometres over Punjab, India, state media reported.

On May 4, around 8 p.m., the national airline of Pakistan's aircraft PK-248 arrived in Lahore from Muscat amid heavy rain. At 8:05 p.m., the pilot attempted to land the Boeing 777 at Allama Iqbal International Airport, but the plane grew unstable and was unable to do so.

The pilot started the go-around approach as directed by the air traffic controller, but he got lost because of the severe rain and low altitude. According to The News, the plane arrived in Indian airspace at 8:11 p.m. Pakistan time from the Badhana police station region in Punjab.

The Boeing 777 aeroplane was travelling at a speed of 292 km/h while at a height of 13,500 feet. The Chhina Bidhi Chand hamlet is situated 37 kilometres from Amritsar at the location where the plane entered India.

After flying 40 km via the Indian Punjab cities of Taran Sahib and Rasulpur, the plane returned to Naushehra Pannuan. According to The News, the pilot raised the aircraft's altitude to 20,000 feet while flying into Indian territory.

After spending seven minutes in Indian airspace, the plane flew across Pakistani territory and landed close to the Indian Punjab town of Jhagian Noor Muhammad. The aircraft subsequently re-entered Indian airspace via the Pakistani Punjab villages of Dona Mabboki, Chaant, Dhupsari Kasur, and Ghati Kalanjar in the Kasur district.

The plane returned to Pakistani airspace from the Indian Punjab village of Lakha Singhwala Hithar three minutes later, at 8:22 p.m. According to The News, the aircraft was travelling at a speed of 320 kilometres at a height of 23,000 feet at the moment.

The plane flew to Multan after entering Pakistani airspace, flying over Hujra Shah Muqeem and Dipalpur en route. According to The News, the aircraft covered 120 miles of Indian land in 10 minutes.

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