Indonesian air force coerces Ethiopian cargo plane to land for airspace violation

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JAKARTA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Two Indonesian air force F-16 fighter jets on Monday forced down an Ethiopian cargo plane to land at an Indonesian airport for illegally flying the country's airspace, air force spokesman Colonel Sus Taibur Rahman said.

The Boeing Co 777 unscheduled cargo plane had no permit or flight clearance to fly above the Indonesian territory, the spokesman said.

The Indonesian F-16 jet fighters based in Pekan Baru of Riau provincial capital city ambushed the Ethiopian aircraft in the western airspace of Indonesia and compelled it to land in a nearby Hang Nadim international airport in Batam Island of western Indonesia, near Singapore, the spokesman said.

"For an investigation, the aircraft is secured by air force personnel in Hang Nadim airport in Batam," he said in a statement.

The flight ETH 3728 was heading to China's Hong Kong after leaving the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the spokesman said.

In March 2011, two Indonesian Sukhoi jet fighters forced down a Pakistan passenger plane with 49 passengers and 13 crew in an ambush in central parts of Indonesia.

The passenger plane was coerced to land in Sultan Hasanudin airport in Makasar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi province after flying the Indonesian airspace without a permit. Enditem

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