Times of Oman
Nov 30, 2015 LAST UPDATED AT 07:36 PM GMT
Indian Prime Minister’s plane did not face any threat: Minister
July 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

New Delhi: Indian government Friday said there was no threat to Air Force One, the aircraft that flew Prime Minister Narendra Modi back from Germany over the airspace where Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down on Thursday.

"I think that is speculation... There was no danger to our PM's aircraft. No problem. On Air Force One, the flight data is on foreign radar," Indian Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju told reporters when asked whether there was any threat to the PM's plane which flew over the same airspace.

"What happens is that whenever any air route (for a VIP aircraft) is finalised, the countries involved get to know about it. If you don't keep them informed, there is another type of problem," he said.

"So generally whenever any civilian aircraft flies over a country, suppose India, obviously the Government of India will know what aircraft it is, to whom it belongs, what its intentions are," Raju said.

He also said that the government has already asked all Indian airlines not to overfly Ukraine. "It is unfortunate that this incident has happened. As far as our information... No Indians were on the flight. It is an unfortunate incident. No Indian citizen was on board," Raju told reporters here.

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