Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Indonesian Sukhois intercepted bizjet carrying Papua New Guinea PM

Various Papua New Guinea and Indonesian news outlets have reported that in November last year Indonesian Sukhois intercepted a Dassault Falcon 900 that was ferrying the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister on an official visit from Malaysia to Port Moresby.

According to the Indonesian military, the TNI-AU (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara or Indoneisan Air Force) detected the PNG-registered aircraft flying through Indonesian airspace without having been notified of its flight plan and did not respond to attempts to contact the aircraft, hence a pair of TNI-AU Su-27/30s were scrambled to investigate. It was later revealed that the PNG government had filed the Falcon's flightplan on the day of departure so Indonesia had not received notification when it flew over Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan.

The PNG ambassador to Indonesia has said that he has accepted Indonesia's explanation for the incident and will report back to his government.

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