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Pilot of Indian Airlines flight hijacked to Pakistan in 1971 passes away

Capt MK Kachru was flying the Srinagar to Jammu Indian Airline plane that was hijacked and taken to Lahore in January 1971.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2018 15:26 IST
Press Trust of India, Faridabad
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Capt MK Khachru was piloting the hijacked Indian Airlines flight which had on board 26 passengers and four crew members. (AFP File Photo)

Capt MK Kachru, pilot of the Indian Airlines plane hijacked to Pakistan in January 1971, died in Faridabad on Saturday after a prolonged illness, his family said.

He was 93, they said.

Capt Kachru was flying an Indian Airlines plane, carrying 26 passengers and a crew of four, from Srinagar to Jammu when two Kashmiris hijacked it and forced him to fly to Lahore.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, then foreign minister of Pakistan, turned up at the airport and hailed the hijackers, who had demanded the release of some prisoners from Indian jails.

The demand was refused by India.

Though the passengers and the crew were transported back to India by land route via Amritsar, the plane was set on fire.

India had hit back by banning overflights of Pakistani aircraft in Indian airspace.

First Published: Mar 31, 2018 15:26 IST