NEW DELHI: A day after DG ISPR Major General Babar vvvvIftikhar sought an explanation from India over the flying object that crashed in Mian Channu on Wednesday, Indian authorities admitted “a missile was fired accidentally”.
“On 9 March 2022, in the course of routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile. The Government of India has taken a serious view and ordered a high-level Court of Enquiry,” the Indian Ministry of Defence said in a statement today (Friday).
“It is learnt that the missile landed in an area of Pakistan. While the incident is deeply regrettable, it is also a matter of relief that there has been no loss of life due to the accident,” the ministry added.
In a press conference on Thursday, Pakistan Army’s spokesperson Major General Babar Iftikhar had said an Indian supersonic missile violated country’s air space, endangering civil flights before crashing 124 km from the international borders near Mian Chunnu, damaging civilian property, but no lives were lost.
DG ISPR said the Pakistan Air Force Air Defense Combat System detected a high-speed flying object within Indian territory. Picked up at 18:43, the object, after remaining in the air, suddenly veered off its initial course and invaded Pakistani territory.
He described it as “a supersonic flying object, most probably a missile, but it was certainly unarmed.”
Initial reports Wednesday suggested that some small aircraft had crashed in the area.
He said the Pakistan Air Force continuously monitored the complete flight path of the object, from its origin near Sirsa, India, to its impact point, near Mian Channu, and “initiated the necessary tactical operations”.