India, Pak shut down several airports after tension escalates

India, Pak shut down several airports after tension escalates

India, Pak shut down several airports after tension escalates

An official spokesperson said the Mi-17V-5 helicopter of the IAF had left the Srinagar airfield "for a routine mission" at 10am and crashed 10 minutes later.

The police said one civilian, Kifayat Ganaie, was also killed in the crash.

Pakistan's air force shot down two Indian warplanes after they crossed the boundary between the two nuclear-armed rivals in the disputed territory of Kashmir on Wednesday and captured one Indian pilot, a military spokesman said.

Subsequently, India shut down airports in Leh, Jammu, Srinagar, Shimla, Dharamshala, Kullu, Ludhiana, Adampur, Bhatinda, Pathankot, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Dehradun for civilian traffic.

Major General Asif Ghafoor according to reports claimed that one of the aircraft fell in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and that the other fell in Jammu and Kashmir. The move comes after an Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper crashed in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam this morning.

The Pakistan government stated that said its strike "was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence".

Reports in media say that Indian officials have maintained that "the plane crash is a separate incident and has nothing to do with the Pakistani jets entering Indian airspace".

An Air India official was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, "Air India avoiding route of Pakistan air space with immediate effect".

Since the air strike, the Line of Control has witnessed heavy firing from the Pakistani side. The helicopter broke into two and caught fire immediately.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the IAF jet crashed in Naslapur area of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation said it was following the guidelines issued by the Indian Air Force. India has said that a terror camp run by Jaish-e-Mohammad was destroyed and a large number of terrorists were "eliminated".

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