PUTRAJAYA : In confirming that an Israeli aircraft was overflying Malaysian airspace recently, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) said today (May 29) that there were no abnormal flight patterns or loitering carried out within Malaysian airspace by the aircraft.
In a statement acknowledging concerns regarding an Israeli registered aircraft that traversed Malaysian airspace recently, MOT said the civil aircraft had followed a commercial flight path used by any civil aircraft overflying Malaysian airspace according to the rules stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
The civilian flight took off from Malé, Maldives bound for Paya Lebar, Singapore on Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at 2.55am, it said.
“Within the ICAO rules, Malaysia ensures that overflights are approved based on no reasonable grounds on the threats to the safety and security of our sovereignty,” it said. Malaysia is a member of ICAO.
MOT said the approval for overflight was granted to the civilian Boeing 737-400 aircraft registered to Israel Aerospace Industries-Elta (IAI-Elta) strictly did not allow for landing or loitering over Malaysian airspace.
“There were no abnormal flight patterns or loitering within Malaysian airspace by the said aircraft,” it added.
The MOT said Malaysian aviation authorities had determined that the aircraft did not return to Malaysian airspace after arriving at its intended destination in Singapore.
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