Ethiopian plane forced to land over airspace breach

The Borneo Post - - WORLD -

JAKARTA: Two In­done­sian F-16 fighter jets forced an Ethiopian Air­lines cargo plane to land yes­ter­day at an air­port on Batam is­land af­ter it had flown into In­done­sian airspace with­out per­mis­sion, an air force spokesman said.

Air force spokesman First Mar­shal Novyan Samyoga said in a state­ment the Boe­ing Co 777 cargo plane had been se­cured by air force per­son­nel at Hang Nadim in­ter­na­tional air­port on Batam, an is­land south of Sin­ga­pore.

The cargo flight ETH 3728 had been fly­ing from the Ethiopian cap­i­tal Ad­dis Ababa to Hong Kong, Suwarso, head of Hang Nadim air­port, said in a text mes­sage to Reuters.

Of­fi­cials at Ethiopian Air­lines could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment.

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