The Jakarta Post
An Australian twin-engine aircraft Beechcraft 95 en route to The Philippines from Darwin was forced to land at the Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi on Wednesday for allegedly trespassing in Indonesian airspace.
The pilot and co-pilot, identified respectively as Jacklin and Richard, are still being questioned at the base.
Air Force Operation Command II Makassar spokesman Lt. Col. Andi Arman said the aircraft was first detected on Air Force radar in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) airspace.
'We asked whether they had permission to fly over Indonesian territory and it turned out that they didn't have the permission. We then asked them to come down but they refused, so we sent up two Sukhoi jet fighters to force them to land,' he said.
He added that entering Indonesian airspace was unavoidable when flying from Darwin to the Philippines.
Therefore, obtaining permission from the Indonesian government was mandatory.
'We will release the pilot and co-pilot once they comply with the regulation,' he said.(dic)(+++)
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