Two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-16 jets were scrambled at around 12:40pm on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 9, in response to a civilian helicopter, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said in response to Mothership's queries.
"Preliminary checks indicate that the helicopter is of a civilian type and registered to a foreign company," the statement added.
"After ensuring that our security was not compromised, the F-16s were subsequently stood down."
MINDEF and CAAS added that operations at Changi were affected between 12:50pm and 13:28pm.
A total of nine arrival flights and 11 departure flights experienced some delay.
Chatter online indicated that fighter jets had been scrambled in response to a "Malaysian-registered helicopter" entering airspace off Changi Airport, according to flight tracking service Flightradar24.
The F-16s were said to have been scrambled from Tengah Airbase in the west of Singapore and that the Malaysia-registered aircraft was a civilian AS350 or Squirrel helicopter.
Those on the ground in the west claimed to have heard the sonic boom generated by the scrambling of F-16s.
A scramble of RSAF F-16s from Tengah Airbase ongoing in Singapore over a suspected intrusion of a Malaysian-registered civilian AS350. Worth noting that today is Singapore’s National Day so there is some sensitivity. Flight path of the Squrriel does look questionable. pic.twitter.com/cCZGoiAZFI— Roy Choo (@RXRoy) August 9, 2023
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