Islamabad: A domestic flight of Indigo Airlines from Amritsar to Ahmedabad reached Gujranwala near Lahore in Pakistan due to bad weather. However, it returned to Indian airspace without any mishap, sources said.
According to a report in Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, according to the flight radar, the Indian aircraft entered the north of Lahore at 7.30 pm on Saturday at a speed of 454 knots and returned to the Indian side after about half an hour at 8.01 pm.
Indigo said its flight 6E-645 was diverted to Attari in Pakistan airspace on Saturday due to bad weather. In very good coordination with Pakistan, the flight was re-routed and diverted to Attari. Amritsar ATC was in touch with Pakistan Aviation Department by telephone. The crew of the aircraft was also in constant touch with the Pakistan Aviation Department. The aircraft finally landed successfully in Ahmedabad. However, a senior official of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said there was nothing unusual in the incident as it was an internationally accepted practice in bad weather conditions. Meanwhile, some flights were diverted to Pakistan due to poor visibility at the airport.
A CAA spokesperson said the alert for Lahore was extended till 11.30 pm on Saturday due to bad weather. The visibility at Allama Iqbal International Airport was 5,000 metres. Due to poor visibility, several flights bound for Lahore were diverted to Islamabad.
Due to torrential rains in Pakistan in May, a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft entered Indian airspace and remained stuck in Indian airspace for about 10 minutes. PIA flight PK248 was returning from Muscat on May 4 and was to land at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore. However, the landing of the Boeing 777 aircraft became difficult due to heavy rains. So she went to the Indian border for some time.