FACTUAL


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On flight carrying Ms. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs from Trivandrum to Mauritius

Thesynergyonline Aerospace Bureau

NEW DELHI, JUNE 03 : Indian Air Force Flight IFC31 carrying Ms. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs departed from Trivandrum at 1408 IST for Mauritius. Aircraft changed over from Indian airspace to Male ATC which then established contact with the aircraft at 1644 IST, according to a statement issued by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) today.

However, IFC 31 could not contact Mauritius ATC after entering Mauritius airspace. Mauritius ATC then activated INCERFA (the uncertainty phase) , it added.

Later at 1658 IST, IFC 31 came in contact with Mauritius ATC and landed, the statemet added.

"Mauritius ATC activated INCERFA (uncertainty phase) without allowing the stipulated time period of 30 minutes to lapse from the time when aircraft last contacted ATC. This was perhaps done because the flight was carrying VIP, " the statement added.