Singapore aircraft that was intercepted in Indonesia released

Singapore aircraft that was intercepted in Indonesia released

SINGAPORE - A Singapore aircraft which was intercepted by Indonesian jets on Tuesday has been released.

The plane, which was carrying a pilot instructor and two trainees on board, returned to Seletar Airport at 7.18pm, reports The Straits Times.

It was previously reported that the C90GTi King Plane owned by Singapore Technologies (ST) Aerospace was intercepted by Indonesian aviation authorities for flying over the country's airspace without the necessary flight permits.

The plane, operated by ST's pilot training arm Pacific Flight Services, was en route from Sibu, Sarawak, to Seletar Airport when they were told by the Indonesian air force to land in Pontianak, West Kalimantan.

ST Aerospace said that it has been operating this route for a number of years without any issue.

A spokesperson told The Straits Times: "We would like to clarify that we filed the flight plan in accordance with airspace regulations through the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and have been operating this route for a number of years without prior notification from the authorities of any issue for using this route."

According to the report, plans for the return flight were filed through the Malaysian authorities. Industry experts have told The Straits Times that the norm is for aircraft operators to file their flight plans through the civil aviation regulator of the country from which they depart. The information is then conveyed to the authorities overseeing the skies along the path.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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