Detained UAE plane cleared to take off

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Kolkata, Sep 10: The UAE Air Force plane, which had been detained for carrying arms and ammunition, flew out from Kolkata air base on Thursday, Sep 10 after being cleared to take off.

The External Affairs Ministry has given the green signal to the Ministry of Defence and Customs authorities that the C-130 Hercules plane can be allowed to leave the NSC Bose International Airport, official sources said.

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Airport sources in Kolkata said the airplane which had 10 crew members including the pilot, who were thoroughly interrogated, is likely to resume its flight on Thursday, Sep 10.

An External Affairs Ministry statement on Sep 9, said the matter will be resolved in the spirit of the close and friendly ties between India and the UAE and that "we will facilitate early release of the aircraft."

United Arab Emirates Air Force was detained and its ten crew members including the pilot questioned when customs officials found arms and ammunition on board.

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