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Indonesian jets forced Singapore plane to land in Indonesia

A Singapore registered plane was forced to land in Pontianak, Indonesia when two fighter jets from the Indonesian air force intercepted the plane on Tuesday (Oct 29)

According to a news report on the website of the Indonesian Air Force, two Sukhoi 27/30 Flanker TNI AU jets jets were scrambled from Batam and intercepted the plane, a Beechcraft 9L, after their radars detected that it had entered Indonesian air space for a second time at about 1pm on Tuesday flying towards Singapore.

It first detected the plane entering Indonesian air space at about 10.15am the same day, flying from Singapore to East Malaysia.

They were unable to intercept them then because the plane had entered Malaysian airspace by then. 

The personnel in the plane were identified by Indonesian news outlet Kompas.com as pilot, Tan Chin Kia and passengers Z. Heng Chia and Xiang Bo Hong. 

The Straits Times reported the plane, is owned by Singapore Technologies (ST) Aerospace and that it was run by Pacific Flight Services, its pilot training arm.

ST Aerospace told The Straits Times that the incident occurred during a "return route familiarisation flight". 

According to the report, ST Aerospace had sought the necessary approval before the flight from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and that they had flown on this route without incident for years. 

A follow report by The Straits Times indicated as of 9am on Wednesday (Oct 29) the aircraft and its passengers have yet to be released.

S​ource: TNI Air Force webforce, The Straits Times, Kompass.com

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