IAF said, Malaysian plane being used for 9/11-type attack
The theory that the missing Malaysian aircraft could have been hijacked for a 9/11-type attack on India was on sunday debunked by the IAF and strategic experts
New Delhi: The theory that the missing Malaysian aircraft could have been hijacked for a 9/11-type attack on India was on sunday debunked by the IAF and strategic experts who said it would not have escaped detection had it entered the Indian air space.
Senior IAF officers said India has multi-layered and seamless radar coverage over the areas suggested as the possible route for the aircraft in the theories in this regard and the aircraft would have been detected.
The theory about the possibility of the plane, which has been missing for over a week, being used as a missile to target India like the September 11, 2001 attack in New York was propagated by former US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott.
In a tweet, he wrote, “Direction, fuel load and range now lead some to suspect hijackers planned a 9/11-type attack on an Indian city.”
Ruling out such a possibility, a senior IAF officer said in the US attacks, the planes were going from one city to another and deviated shortly before their designated landing places to carry out attacks.
“In this case, the aircraft will have to enter India undetected for long hours before carrying out such an attack and this would be impossible due to the extensive radar coverage in the Northeast and the Western sectors of the country,” he said.
In case, any such aircraft is detected, the IAF has a Standard Operating Procedure.
“If the aircraft is not identifying itself, it is intercepted and directed to follow our instructions. If it does not comply, it can be destroyed also because you don’t know its intentions and it may even carry out bombing or other kind of attacks,” the IAF officer said.