A Pakistani helicopter on Sunday violated the airspace along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, the Indian Army said. Jammu-based Army Public Relations Officer Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said the airspace violation occurred around 12.10 pm, The Times of India reported.
The helicopter flew 700 metres into Indian territory over the Krishna Ghati sector before returning to Pakistani airspace, the Hindustan Times quoted him as saying. However, he did not say how long the helicopter was in Indian airspace.
The Hindu reported Anand as saying that the chopper was probably a civilian aircraft. “It could likely to be a civil chopper and was flying very high,” he said. “The air sentries at forward location had engaged it with small arms.”
In video published by ANI, a white Pakistani helicopter is seen hovering near the side of a hill. Gunshots can also be heard in the video.
According to norms that the two countries adhere to, helicopters are barred from coming within one kilometre of the Line of Control and fixed wing aircraft are not allowed to come within 10 km. In February, a Pakistani military helicopter flew dangerously close to the Line of Control in Poonch’s Khari Karmara area.