What happened on February 27, 2019 that led to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s capture
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What happened on February 27, 2019 that led to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s capture


On this day in 2019, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan when Pakistani Air Force struck down two Indian jets.
Abhinandan‘s jet was shot down in what Islamabad called a ‘retaliation’ to India conducting air strikes in its territory. 
Wing Commander Varthaman was captured after he bailed out of his aircraft across the Line of Control, but not before he brought down a Pakistan Air Force F-16 that, along with other PAF aircraft, tried to attack positions within India on the morning of February 27 in the Nowshera sector of Jammu.
Initially Pakistan had claimed it had captured two pilots, but it retracted its statement, saying only one Indian pilot had been arrested.
“There is only one pilot under Pakistan Army’s custody. Wing Commander Abhinandan is being treated as per norms of military ethics,” Pakistani military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said on February 27 evening.
A video was released by Major General Ghafoor showing a blindfolded Abhinandan telling his name and service number.
He also very calmly says that is the only information he can reveal. “I’m sorry Sir, that’s all I’m supposed to tell you,” he can be heard saying as he maintains his composure.
Another video released showed Wing Commander Abhinandan claiming that he has been treated well by the Pakistani forces.
Sipping tea he cooly says, “I would like to go on record and I will not change my statement IF I return to my country, the officers of the Pakistani army have looked after me very well and they are thorough gentlemen.”
The fighter pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has 16 years of experience and is from the southern city of Chennai.


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