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Grounded US military plane leaves India: officials

A United States airplane carrying 205 Marines left India on Monday after being grounded for more than 33 hours over an airspace clearance dispute, officials said.

Indian military officials ordered the Bangkok-bound aircraft to land at Mumbai airport on Sunday, saying it did not have the permission required to fly through Indian airspace.

"We were supposed to give the clearance for the plane to leave India which we did on Sunday itself," Indian air force The Indian Air Force (भारतीय वायु सेना : Bharatiya Vayu Sena) is the air-arm of the Armed Forces of India and has the prime responsibility of conducting aerial warfare and securing the  spokesman T.K. Singha told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

A Mumbai airport spokesman told the Press Trust of India Press Trust of India (प्रेस ट्रस्ट ऑफ़् इंडिया, भाषा)is a nonprofit cooperative among the Indian newspapers.  the aircraft finally left for its original destination Monday afternoon.

"The aircraft took off for Utapao in Bangkok from Mumbai International Airport at 17:34 pm (1204 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) See UTC.

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 of an India-US joint air exercise in the northern town of Agra described the incident as a "misunderstanding with call signs."

"We thank India for resolving the issue quickly," the news agency quoted Colonel Steward Kowal, the embassy official, as saying.
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