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Grounded arms-laden UAE plane takes off for China

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The United Arab Emirates Air Force C-130 transport aircraft detained at Netaji Subhash Bose International Airport in Kolkata by Indian authorities after discovering arms and explosives on board Wednesday left for China. Photo Credit: PTI

KOLKATA (PTI): The detained cargo plane of UAE's Air Force in which arms and ammunition were found took off for China's Xianyang city Wedenesday after being grounded here for four days.

The China-bound plane was detained here for not declaring the consignment it was carrying.

Airport sources said the airplane carrying 10 crew members, including the pilot, took off at 9.30 am.

A defence spokesman said here that the clearance for the plane was received from the Air Headquarters late last night.

The External Affairs Ministry had last night given the green signal to the Ministry of Defence and Customs authorities that the C-130 Hercules plane could be allowed to leave the NSC Bose International Airport.

The aircraft was grounded here since Sunday evening and its crew members interrogated.

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