January 2002 News

Two Pak spy planes intrude, one shot down, Indian UAV crashes

6 January 2002
The Hindustan Times

Jammu: Indian troops today shot down one of the two unmanned Pakistani spy aircraft which intruded into the air space in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir even as one of India''s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle crashed near here. Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said the first Pakistani Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) transgressed eight kilometres inside the Indian territory at around 1400 hours and the other at 1515 hours. While one plane went back to Pakistan unharmed, the other was was ''engaged by the ground forces'' and hit by the anti-aircraft guns. The debris of the plane hit by Indian anti-aircraft battery fell on the Pakistan side of the Line of Control (LoC), Abdullah said. The spy drone hovered on the Indian airspace for about 15 minutes and was fired upon by anti-aircraft batteries, defence sources said. The shooting down of the plane came amidst tensions between India and Pakistan and military buildup on both sides of the border. A Indian military Pilotless Remote-controlled vehicle (PRV) crashed near here following a technical snag shortly after take-off this evening, official sources said. The PRV developed the snag after take off from an airbase and crashed in Chatta area some 10 km from here, the sources said. In Islamabad, a Pakistani Defence spokeman denied the shooting down one of its spy planes and accused India of unleashing a ''propoganda to cover up'' the loss of its own UAV.


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