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24 April 2024

Singapore closes airport for 50 minutes as jets intercept small plane

By Agencies


Singapore closed its airport for nearly an hour as two military jets were scrambled to intercept a small civilian plane headed toward the city-state's airspace without permission, authorities said Wednesday.


Two Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16s were deployed late Tuesday to escort the single-engine turboprop Cessna 208 to land at Singapore’s Changi Airport, Defense Ministry spokesman Darius Lim said in an e-mailed statement.

The civilian plane was heading toward Singapore’s airspace “without an approved flight plan,” Lim said.

The statement did not elaborate, but police said their investigations revealed no criminal intent and no arrest was made.

The city-state’s Changi Airport was closed from 7:10 pm local time, delaying 17 incoming and six departing flights, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said. One arriving flight was diverted to a small airport in neighboring Malaysia. (AP)