Royal Thai Air Force sends F-16 fighter jets to check air incursion by Burmese army planes

The Royal Thai Air Force despatched 2 F-16 fighter jets to inspect Thai airspace after a MiG 29 fighter jet from Myanmar was detected flying over the Prop Phra district in Tak, the northern province of Thailand.
Yesterday, the Royal Thai Airforce reported that an unidentified aircraft was spotted in Thai territorial air space at 11.16am. The aircraft was later confirmed to be a MiG 29 fighter jet operated by the Burmese army.
The jet was reported to fly about 4-5 kilometres into Thai airspace over Baan Wale Tai and Baan Wale Nue communities in the Prop Phra district of Tak, located across the continuing battlefield within the Karen State of Myanmar. The aircraft flew across the Thai airspace for about 15 minutes after which proceeded to fireplace 4 missiles on the anti-governmental teams.
The media reported that Tak locals dwelling in the community had been “surprised and frightened,” saying the jets have been flying very near the ground. The schools within the space immediately introduced an emergency and urged parents to take their children house. Some locals and college students escaped into the schools’ bunkers as a precautionary measure.
Following Complete continued clashes between the Burmese military and anti-government teams in the space, Thai locals said this was the first time that aircraft from Myanmar had intentionally flown into Thai territory.
The Royal Thai Air Force also reported that they’d detected one military helicopter working near Thailand. It was flying roughly 10 kilometres from the border however there was no incursion into Thai airspace on this event.
Some locals and officers noted that the Royal Thai Air Force was late in responding “to protect Thai territory.” Locals informed Thai media that the authorities have been unable to do anything except “just watch the jets fly in and overseas.”
But a spokesperson from the Royal Thai Air Force, Prapas Sornjaidee, insists that they “quickly responded to the incident.”
“The unit detected the plane flying over Thailand and despatched up the F-16 jets from Takhli district in the northern province of Nakhon Sawan inside 5-10 minutes.
Prapas added that the Burmese plane “didn’t intend to threaten Thailand” at any stage.
“The Royal Thai Air Force had already assigned the Assistant Air Force Attache within the Royal Thai Embassy in Yangon to coordinate with relevant departments in Myanmar to prevent an identical scenario sooner or later.”

SOURCE: Matichon | Khaosod | BBC

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