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Photofeature: PN Atlantique Wreckage

[v1.7][12.02.2009]

Pakistan Navy Atlantique being shot down

HUD camera photo from the MiG-21 that shot down an intruding Pakistan Navy reconnaissance plane. The missile is seen rushing to the port engine of the Atlantique.

Courtsey Bharat Rakshak

Cover of Outlook magazine showing video grab of IAF personnel salvaging the wreckage

Video grab of IAF personnel salvaging the wreckage on cover of Outlook magazine.

A group of Pakistan-based foreign military attaches in Badin August 12 inspect the site where a Pakistan naval plane crashed after being shot down by Indian jet fighters. Pakistan took the attaches to the site of the August 10 crash to try to prove its claim the plane was shot down in Pakistani territory.

REUTERS © corbis.com

Foreign diplomats view the wreckage of a Pakistan navy Atlantic patrol aircraft 12 August, 1999, in Musafirkhana, Pakistan. Military attaches from embassies of 28 countries, including the United States, Britain, Canada, Germany and France, flew to the site where the Indian fighter jets shot down a Pakistan navy aircraft 10 August.

AFP PHOTO © corbis.com

Reporters and military personnel stand by the crash site of a Pakistan's Breguet Atlantic maritime patrol aircraft near the border town of Badin, about 300 kilometers northeast of Karachi, 10 August 1999.

Two Pakistan Navy Seakings are visible in the background.

AFP PHOTO/Farroq AHMED © corbis.com

A Pakistani soldier walks near the wreckage of a Naval patrol aircraft, which was shot down by Indian jets 10 August, 1999, near Badin, some 300km (186 miles) northeast of Karachi. The Indian Air Force shot down the Breguet Atlantic maritime patrol aircraft, killing all 16 Navy personnels on board.

AFP PHOTO/Farooq AHMED © corbis.com

The wreckage of a Pakistani naval surveillance plane smolders after it was shot down August 10 by an Indian fighter jet. An Indian combat jet shot down a maritime patrol aircraft, prompting a threat of retaliation from Islamabad which said all 16 people on board were killed

Photo by Zahid Hussein © Reuters/CORBIS

Pakistani soldier, near the Indian border, looks at the wreckage of a Pakistan naval surveillance plane which was shot down August 10 by an Indian fighter. An Indian combat jet shot down the maritime patrol aircraft on Tuesday, prompting a threat of retaliation from Islamabad which said all 16 people on board were killed

Photo by Zahid Hussein © Reuters/CORBIS

Pakistani naval surveillance plane burns after it was shot down August 10 by an Indian fighter. An Indian combat jet shot down a maritime patrol aircraft, prompting a threat of retaliation from Islamabad which said all 16 people on board were killed

Photo by Zahid Hussein © Reuters/CORBIS

Pakistani troops take away a bag containing body remains of personnels killed in the naval plane downed by Indian jets near the site of wreckage in Mushafir Khana, close to the border with India, 11 August 1999. Pakistan deployed some 200 naval and army troops at the site of the wreckage to avoid the removals of plane pieces by Indian air force.

AFP PHOTO/Aamir Qureshi © corbis.com

Pakistan soldiers take control of naval plane crash site August 11. Pakisatan has placed about 200 soldiers armed with missiles around the crashed plane which was shot down by India on Tuesday killing all 16 people onboard

Photo by Zahid Hussein © Reuters/CORBIS

(Note Pakistan Army Puma helicopter)

Pakistani soliders dig in to prepare a machine-gun nest at the site August 11 where a naval plane crashed after it was hit by an Indian missile on Tuesday. Pakisatan has placed about 200 soldiers some armed with missiles around the crashed site

Photo by Zahid Hussein © Reuters/CORBIS

(This is actually a air defence position. The MMG would be positioned in the middle so that the operator can pivot around in all directions in the circular 'trench')

A Pakistan army soldier adjusts a Mistral surface-to-air missile near the site of the wreckage of a naval plane downed by Indian jets in Mushafir Khana, near the border with India, 11 August 1999. Some 200 navy and army troops were manning the area, equipped with machine guns and missiles, as charred pieces of the aircraft were scattered in marshy land over a radius of about 1.6 kilometers.

AFP PHOTO/Aamir Qureshi © corbis.com

A Pakistan army soldier takes position with a RBS-70 surface-to-air missile launcher near the site of the wreckage of a naval aircraft, which was shot down by Indian jets 10 August, in Mushafir Khana close to border with India, 11 August 1999. Pakistan has reinforced its troops deployed in the marshy border area supposedly to prevent any Indian attempts to steal debris.

AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI © corbis.com

Another view of the RBS-70 position. A Pakistan Army Puma helicopter is stationary in the background.

Pakistani troops take position with LMGs and RPGs close to the site of the wreckage of a downed Pakistani naval patrol plane shot down by Indian jets in Musafir Khana, close to the Indian border, 11 August 1999. Pakistan fired at least one missile at two Indian jets trying to cross into its territory. Indian jets on 10 August shot downed Pakistan's naval plane and killed 16 personnels.

AFP PHOTO © corbis.com

Pakistani soldiers with RPG and machine guns take their positions August 11 at the site where a Pakistani naval plane was shot down by India on Tuesday. Pakistan has placed around 200 soldiers some armed with missiles at the crash site

Photo by Zahid Hussein © Reuters/CORBIS

(These guys are possibly Pakistan Navy troops. PN Lynx helicopter in the far background)

An Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter carring journalists returns to base after surviving a Pakistani missile attack in the Rann of Kutch near the India-Pakistan border August 11. The helicopter was attacked by a shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile during a mission to show journalists the wreckage of a Pakistani aircraft downed by Indian fighters on August 10.

REUTERS © corbis.com

Indian Air Force (IAF) spokesman R. Dhingra (C) shows documents retrieved from a French-made Breguet Atlantic marine patrol aircraft of the Pakistani Air Force that was shot down by IAF fighters 10 August, as they were displayed at the technical area of Palam airport early 11 August 1999.

AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN © corbis.com

Indian Air Force (IAF) spokesman R. Dhingra shows wreckage of a French-made Breguet Atlantic marine patrol aircraft of the Pakistani Air Force that was shot down by IAF fighters 10 August, as they were displayed at the technical area of Palam airport early 11 August 1999.

AFP PHOTO / RAVEENDRAN © corbis.com

An IAF officer displays the flight check list of the Pakistani naval aircraft at New Delhi airport on August 11. India said the plane was shot down on August 10 after it intruded into its territory and refused to respond to Indian warnings near the border in Gujarat state. The wreckage was flown to the Indian capital early morning and shown to journalists.

Sunil Malhotra REUTERS © corbis.com

Indian Air Force personnel display the wreckage of a Pakistani naval aircraft at New Delhi airport August 11. India said the plane was shot down on August 10 after it intruded into its territory and refused to respond to Indian warnings near the border in Gujarat state. The wreckage was flown to the Indian capital early morning and shown to journalists.

Photo by Sunil Malhotra © Reuters/CORBIS

An IAF officer displays the flight check list and a part of the wreckage of the Pakistani naval aircraft at New Delhi airport on August 11. India said the plane was shot down on August 10 after it intruded into its territory and refused to respond to Indian warnings near the border in Gujarat state. The wreckage was flown to the Indian capital early morning and shown to journalists.

Sunil Malhotra REUTERS © corbis.com

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee views the wreckage of the Pakistani naval aircraft at his New Delhi office on August 11. India said the plane was shot down on August 10 after it intruded into its territory and refused to respond to Indian warnings near the border in Gujarat state. The wreckage was flown to the Indian capital early morning.

Photo by Sunil Malhotra © Reuters/CORBIS

Pakistani sailors carry the coffins of 16 naval personnel for mass prayers at the Mehran naval base in the port city of Karachi 12 August, 1999. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the prayers for the sixteen Pakistani naval officers and sailors who were killed when Indian fighter jets fired a missile on the Pakistani patrol aircraft 10 August.

AFP PHOTO Aamir QURESHI © corbis.com

Dignataries including Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Naval chief Fasih Bukhari pay their respects during mass prayers at Mehran naval base in Karachi 12 August, 1999 for the 16 naval personnel killed when their plane was shot down by India. Six officers and ten sailers were killed when Indian fighter jets fired a missile on a Pakistani patrol aircraft 10 August.

AFP PHOTO © corbis.com

Pakistan's military spokesman, Brigadier Rashid Qureshi (L), gives the media the Pakistani version of events in the southern port city of Karachi 10 August, 1999.

AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI © corbis.com

Pakistan naval officer Admiral Aziz Mirza (R) briefs newsmen along with Information Minister Mushahid Hussain in Islamabad, 11 August 1999.

AFP PHOTO/Usman KHAN © corbis.com

A MiG-21Bis [C2210] of the No. 45 Flying Daggers Squadron seen in flight in this file photo. The same unit is credited with bringing down the Pakistan Navy Atlantique MPA.

Wing Commander Zaki © Bharat Rakshak

A Pakistan Navy Br1150 Atlantic [40] operated by the 29 Squadron. One such aircraft [S/N=90, C/N=33] was written off on August 10, 1999.

© Peter Steinmann

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