By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine Air Force scrambled two FA-50 Aircraft to intercept an unknown aircraft at around 9:36 in the morning Thursday (02 September 2021).
The Philippine Air Defense Control Center (PADCC), through its Radars, detected an unidentified inbound aircraft in the Philippine Air Defense Identification Zone (PADIZ), approximately 120 nautical miles NorthWest of Bolinao, Pangasinan.
The unidentified aircraft was heading towards Philippine airspace.
Coordination with the CAAP classified it to be an unknown track of interest. PADCC issued a “scramble” order to two FA-50 stationed at the Air Defense Alert Center and were given the mission to intercept the unknown aircraft for visual identification.
The unknown aircraft was at 21,000 feet flying at 265 knots heading North East.
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.
“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,” a PAF official said. (ai/mtvn)