With India and Pakistan locking their horns, the fight seems to have taken a new ‘flight.’ Indian carriers have asked their pilots to avoid making an emergency landing in Pakistan. Unless there is an “extreme emergency” like fire on boards, airlines have verbally informed their pilots for flights that overfly Pakistan.
A senior pilot, as reported by TOI, says that flight dispatchers have asked that Pakistani airports be avoided for emergency landings. If need be, it should be the last resort for an extreme emergency.
Confirming this, a senior commander of a famous Indian airline said that such instructions have been ‘informally’ issued in the past when Indo-Pak relations worsened.
According to sources, for the westbound flights, the closest ‘preferable’ emergency landing spots are in Muscat and UAE. Though Iran and Afghanistan are immediate neighbours of Pakistan, they are considered less of an alternative, reports TOI.
Almost all flights from north central and east India to and from Gulf, Europe and America fly over Pakistan.