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Alert as Sushma’s flight loses contact with ATC

Sushma Swaraj  

An Indian Air Force plane carrying Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj lost contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) for nearly 14 minutes on Saturday while flying in the Mauritian air space, according to the Airports Authority of India (AAI).


The Minister was enroute to South Africa for meetings of the BRICS and IBSA grouping. “The Indian Air Force Flight IFC31 carrying Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, departed from Thiruvananthapuram at 14.08 IST for Mauritius.

Aircraft changed over from the Indian airspace to the Male ATC, which then established contact with the aircraft at 16.44 IST. However, IFC 31 could not contact the Mauritius ATC after entering the Mauritius airspace,” the AAI said in a statement.

“Later, at 16.58 IST, IFC 31 came in contact with the Mauritius ATC and landed,” the statement said.

The Meghdoot Embraer 135 aircraft was traced after the Mauritius ATC activated INCERFA, the code for a situation in which uncertainty exists over the safety of an aircraft and its occupants.