Ethiopian Airlines flight ETH 3728 is forced to land by two Indonesian F-16 fighter jets on Batam island after it had flown into Indonesian airspace without permission.
The cargo had been flying from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to Hong Kong, Suwarso,
Boeing Co 777 cargo plane had been secured by air force personnel at Hang Nadim international airport on Batam, an island south of Singapore, Air force spokesman First Marshal Novyan Samyoga said in a statement.
The cargo flight ETH 3728 had been flying from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to Hong Kong, Suwarso, head of Hang Nadim airport, said in a text message to Reuters.
Ethiopian Airlines dedicated cargo airplane with flight number ET 3728/ 14 January on a non-scheduled cargo service from Addis Ababa to Singapore has been made to land at Batam airport (Indonesia) by Indonesian authorities.
The subject freighter aircraft was flying to drop an urgent aircraft engine in Singapore for maintenance and was crossing the Indonesian airspace in accordance with the ICAO Chicago Convention Article 5, by which non-scheduled flight can overfly the air space of a friendly country without prior permission.
Ethiopian Airlines has explained to the Indonesian Authorities on the details of the flight and the flying crew are resting in a hotel before they continue their flight.