February 2003 News

Debris Of Pak UAV Recovered In Poonch

6 February 2003
The Indian Express

Jammu: Forty eight hours after killing six infiltrating militants near the Line of Control in Poonch, alert Indian troops shot down a Pak reconnaissance plane near the Line of Control at Mendhar in Poonch district on Wednesday. After taking a direct hit, a part of the plane caught fire while the rest broke into pieces and scattered over an area of 400 metres inside the Indian territory. 'The incident took place at about 2 pm, but we were convinced that the flying object was actually a spy plane after we recovered a wing, a transmitter, broken rotor, engine assembly and a Good Year All Weather Tyre,' defence spokesman, Col Bhanvar Singh Rathore said at Army Headquarters here today. Asked if the troops had also recovered the camera from the plane, Col Rathore said the hunt was still on in the Mendhar area to locate other parts of the plane. 'It was at about 2 pm when an alert sentry guarding a forward post along the LoC saw an unidentified flying object intruding into the Indian territory from Mendhar. The sentry shot it down. Its debris was found and on its examination it was confirmed that it was a Pakistani Unmanned Aerial Vehicle used for surveillance,' he said. A year or so back, Indian troops had shot down two Pak spy planes in the border Poonch district, but that time the debris had fallen inside Pakistani territory. Pakistan had, however, vehemently denied the Indian claims.


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