The US military aircraft that has been detained at the Sultan Iskandar Muda airbase in Blang Bintang, Aceh, for an alleged intrusion has already left the province.
“The plane with three crew members and two civilians on board left at around 7.15am on Tuesday for Singapore,” the chief of the airbase, Col Supri Abu, said.
He said the military crew members and two civilian passengers had been held because they had illegally entered into the Indonesian territory on Monday.
The US 328 Dornier aircraft was flying from Maldives, Sri Lanka, for Singapore when it was detected on the radar entering the Indonesian territory illegally.
“They entered Indonesia without a permit but after investigation we found that it had no other motives except that it had been stranded,” he said.
He said the plane was heading straight for Singapore after leaving the airport, meaning “we keep monitoring and escorting it until it really left the Indonesian territory in Aceh.”
The plane landed at around 2pm at the Sultan Iskandar Muda airbase on Monday.
He said the plane had not been allowed to continue its flight because it carried no permits to enter the Indonesian territory.
Any plane entering the country’ territory must have permits from the ministry of foreign affairs and the Defense Forces (TNI) Headquarters, he said.
TNI commander Admiral Agus Suhartono earlier said that the plane had made a mistake in calculating the fuel needed for flying from Sri Lanka to Singapore that had made the plane unable to reach Singapore and had to land in Aceh for refueling.