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  1. Pilot of Air India flight hijacked to Pakistan in 1971 passes away

Pilot of Air India flight hijacked to Pakistan in 1971 passes away

Capt Kachru was flying an Indian Airlines plane, carrying 26 passengers and a crew of four, from Srinagar to Jammu when two Kashmiris hijacked it and forced him to fly to Lahore.

By: | Faridabad | Published: March 31, 2018 7:13 PM
Capt MK Kachru, Indian Airlines, Indian Airlines 1971, Indian Airlines hijacking, India 1971 hijacking, Indian Airlines Lahore, Kachru, Air India Capt M K Kachru, pilot of the Indian Airlines plane hijacked to Pakistan in January 1971, died here today after prolonged illness, his family said. He was 93, they said.

Capt M K Kachru, pilot of the Indian Airlines plane hijacked to Pakistan in January 1971, died here today after prolonged illness, his family said. He was 93, they said. Capt Kachru was flying an Indian Airlines plane, carrying 26 passengers and a crew of four, from Srinagar to Jammu when two Kashmiris hijacked it and forced him to fly to Lahore. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, then foreign minister of Pakistan, turned up at the airport and hailed the hijackers, who had demanded the release of some prisoners from Indian jails. The demand was refused by India. Though the passengers and the crew were transported back to India by land route via Amritsar, the plane was set on fire. India had hit back by banning overflights of Pakistani aircraft in Indian airspace.

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