Islamabad: Pakistani military scrambled a combat jet after an Indian army helicopter strayed into the country's airspace and warned the Indian crew that the aircraft would be fired at if it tried to escape, a media report said on Monday.
    
Pakistani authorities forced the Indian helicopter with a four-member crew to land after it flew across the Line of Control near Skardu on Sunday.
    
The helicopter and crew were allowed to leave several hours later after the Directors General of Military Operations of the two sides established contact.
    
A Pakistan based newspaper quoted its sources as saying that a Pakistan Air Force plane was "scrambled immediately after spotting the helicopter and at the same time the Air Defence, through its communication system, warned those on board that they would come under fire if they tried to escape".
    
Chief military Spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas had not provided details of how the helicopter was forced to land on the Pakistani side.
   
Once the Directors General of Military Operations established contact, the Indian side said "it had violated the airspace by mistake", the newspaper reported.

The Indian crew was allowed to fly back after being interrogated "for a couple of hours", military sources told the daily.

(Agencies)