Another boring Identified Flying Object that sparked a moment of panic and then a “D’Oh!” moment.
The Indian Air Force scrambled a Su-30MKI after its radars detected a slow moving unidentified flying object coming towards India from the International Border with Pakistan and in the process, it came close to two civilian flights operating in that area.
Later on, the Su-30MKI identified that the object was a weather balloon which was flying with the wind towards the border and it returned from there after being airborne for around 20 minutes, they said.
Reports suggested that two civilian planes of Thai Airways and another foreign operator were flying around 10 nautical miles away from the IAF aircraft.
The IAF denied that there was any “near-miss incident” involving its aircraft as it was under positive radar coverage and was cleared for operating in that area.
Nothing to see here. Just a weather balloon. OR IS IT?! Yes, it is. But this does make me a bit leary about the quality of observation in Indian airspace. Obviously, the location of this incident, the border with Pakistan was key in the overreaction. But there are so many man-made things in the sky today, how can you assume it’s aliens, ever?