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DATE=8/11/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA PAKISTAN PLANE (L-ONLY) (CQ) NUMBER=2-252685 BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: In the aftermath of India's air attack on a Pakistani patrol plane, Pakistan fired a missile at two Indian helicopters today (Wednesday). Reporters were aboard the Indian aircraft, flying near the site where the Pakistani plane went down (Tuesday). From New Delhi, Anjana Pasricha reports Indian troops are on high alert as the latest incident reignites tensions between the two countries. Text: An Indian defense ministry spokesman says Pakistan fired a surface-to-air missile Wednesday at two Indian helicopters flying journalists to the crash site of the downed Pakistani patrol plane in western Gujarat state. The helicopters turned back, and no one was hurt. Indian helicopters have been carrying wreckage from the Pakistani reconnaissance plane to New Delhi. They say it was recovered two kilometers inside Indian territory in western Gujarat state. At an air force base in the Indian capital, officials displayed part of the wing, cockpit and cable hydraulic system of the aircraft. They also showed some personal documents of the crew members, who were killed when the plane was shot down. In answer to Islamabad's charge that the wreckage is being recovered from its territory, Air Force spokesman D.N. Ganesh says some of it may have fallen across the border, as the plane turned toward Pakistan after it was hit. No bodies have been recovered so far. Officials say this could be because much of the wreckage is buried in marshland. The plane was shot down over coastal marshlands off the Arabian Sea, close to a disputed channel called Sir Creek. Both countries have a large naval presence in the region. India's air force chief, A.Y. Tipnis, says the Pakistani plane could have been scouting possible invasion routes, as it was equipped with sophisticated surveillance equipment. He says Indian interceptor pilots feared it could be armed, because the aircraft is capable of carrying bombs. India's foreign ministry spokesman, Raminder Jassal, says there is no question of apologizing to Pakistan for the shooting down of the aircraft, as demanded by Islamabad. /// JASSAL ACT /// I think it's a bit curious that Pakistan should pretend to be the agrieved party in a situation when its military combat aircraft has intruded deep into Indian airspace, and has disregarded all signals for it to land so as its bona-fides could be verified. /// END ACT /// India has also accused Pakistan of repeatedly violating its airspace in the region, saying there have been 51 violations since the beginning of the year. However, Indian officials are playing down the incident. India's Finance Minister, Yashwant Sinha, has described it as an isolated incident. Foreign Ministry officials say it will not heighten tensions between the two countries. India is refusing to let international investigators examine the wreckage it has recovered. The Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mr.Jassal, says this is not necessary because the Indian air force followed standard operating procedures. The site where the plane was shot down is about 450 kilometers south west of Kashmir, where India and Pakistan came close to war this summer after Pakistani-backed militants captured Indian positions. Daily artillery duels are still taking place in the Himalayan region. (Signed) NEB/AP/WTW 11-Aug-1999 10:58 AM EDT (11-Aug-1999 1458 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .