PAF sends FA-50 jets to intercept ‘unknown aircraft’ off Pangasinan | Inquirer News
Close  

PAF sends FA-50 jets to intercept ‘unknown aircraft’ off Pangasinan

/ 11:35 AM September 04, 2021
The Philippine Air Force scrambles FA-50 Aircraft light fighters to intercept an “unknown aircraft” that approached the Philippine airspace last Thursday, September 2, 2021. (Photos from PAF)

PAF scrambles FA-50 Aircraft light fighters to intercept an “unknown aircraft” that approached the Philippine airspace last Thursday, September 2, 2021. (Photos from PAF)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Air Force (PAF) said Saturday it issued a “scramble order” for two FA-50 Aircraft light fighters to intercept an “unknown aircraft” that approached the Philippine airspace last Thursday.

PAF said the Philippine Air Defense Control Center (PADCC) detected an unidentified inbound aircraft in the Philippine Air Defense Identification Zone, approximately 120 nautical miles northwest of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The unidentified aircraft was heading towards Philippine airspace. Coordination with the CAAP classified it to be an unknown track of interest,” PAF said in a statement.

The unknown aircraft was at 21,000 feet flying at 265 knots heading northeast.

FEATURED STORIES

The Philippine Air Force scrambles FA-50 Aircraft light fighters to intercept an “unknown aircraft” that approached the Philippine airspace last Thursday, September 2, 2021. (Photos from PAF)

An FA-50 Aircraft light fighters takes off to intercept an “unknown aircraft” that approached the Philippine airspace last Thursday, September 2, 2021. (Photos from PAF)

The Air Force said PADCC issued a scramble order to two FA-50 stationed at the Air Defense Alert Center. They were given the mission to intercept the unknown aircraft for visual identification.

To “scramble” a military plane means to quickly mobilize an aircraft into air to intercept or respond to a possibly hostile aircraft.

“The FA-50s flew at the maximum allowable speed towards the direction of the unknown aircraft. At about 4 minutes into the intercept, the unknown aircraft changed direction towards the North and increased its speed to 400 knots and headed away from the Philippine airspace. The intercept was terminated at 9:45 A.M.,” PAF added.

Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Maynard Mariano told reporters that the agency could not tell the intent of the aircraft in approaching the country’s area of responsibility. He said there was no radio response from the unknown aircraft.

This was not the first time that the FA-50 tried to intercept an “intruding” aircraft, according to Mariano.

In its statement, PAF noted that in the past decades, aircraft flying without clearance would willfully violate the Philippine airspace knowing that they will not be challenged.

“Today our airspace is being closely monitored jointly by the Philippine Air Force and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines,” it added.

ADVERTISEMENT

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in a budget hearing last Wednesday, said 367 aircrafts with unknown tracks were detected and challenged since January. He said 103 of these aircraft responded and 264 did not.

RELATED STORIES:

PH, South Korea discuss corvettes, light fighter jet upgrades

PH Air Force opens up on another accident: Tucano plane damaged in routine flight

EDV

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: CAAP, FA-50, PAF, PAF scramble order, Philippine Air Defense Control Center (PADCC), Philippine Air Force
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.