Indian flight veers into Pakistan amid poor weather

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Due to severe weather, a “IndiGo” airline flight from Amritsar to Ahmedabad veered into Pakistan near Lahore, travelled up to Gujranwala, and then returned to Indian airspace at around 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Flight radar shows that the Indian aircraft, which had a ground speed of 454 knots, arrived north of Lahore around 7:30 p.m. and left for India at 8:01 p.m. It was “internationally allowed” to fly in poor weather, according to a senior CAA officer, therefore it wasn’t unusual.

Following a CAA advisory, a number of planes were diverted or delayed because of poor visibility at airports. The CAA official stated that because of the 5,000-meter visibility at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, the weather warning for Lahore had been extended until 11:30pm on Saturday.

Due to low visibility, a number of flights bound for Lahore were diverted to Islamabad. A PIA flight from Abu Dhabi to Islamabad was detoured to Multan in the meantime. A flight from Jeddah to Lahore was also detoured to Multan.

There were delays for PIA flights from Lahore to Madina, Karachi to Lahore, and an Etihad flight from Lahore to Abu Dhabi.