Thursday, August 12, 1999 Published at 04:27 GMT 05:27 UK
World: South Asia
US calls for India-Pakistan talks
Indian troops: Deployed at the airport after the helicopter incident
The United States has called on India and Pakistan to show restraint following two air clashes in as many days between the two nuclear powers.
India shot down a Pakistani naval aircraft on Tuesday killing all 16 people on board.
US State Department spokesman James Rubin urged the two sides to engage in talks to defuse the crisis.
He called on them to abide by a 1991 agreement banning military flights within a 10km (six mile) zone across their common border.
"We urgently call on both sides to reinstitute this agreement in order to avoid further loss of life and further escalation and heightening of tensions."
Along with France and the United Nations, the US urged India and Pakistan to resume their stalled peace dialogue.
Mr Rubin said: "It's hard to be optimistic at this stage. If anything, today's events are an indication that we're going in the wrong direction.
However Mr Rubin said Washington did not plan to mediate - a constant demand of Pakistan, which India rejects.
The UN Security Council also urged restraint.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was "increasingly concerned at repeated incidents between India and Pakistan" and urged them "to exercise maximum restraint".
The two nations came to the brink of war some weeks ago over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.
In the latest incident, Indian officials said a surface-to-air missile was fired at one of the three helicopters carrying journalists to the border area to view the wreckage of the downed Pakistani aircraft.
Islamabad said it had targeted Indian fighter jets, and that the helicopters were behind the jets. It said the Indian aircraft were well inside Pakistani territory.
The BBC's Daniel Lak, who was on one of the helicopters, says the aircraft banked sharply and turned back. The pilot said he had seen a puff of smoke and a flash of light.
War of words
The original incident has led to a propaganda battle between the two countries.
But Air Chief Marshall AY Tipnis told journalists that the plane had been 10km inside Indian airspace before turning back, when it was shot.
Islamabad said the French-made Atlantique plane was unarmed and on a routine training flight in the Sir Creek area in Sindh province, southern Pakistan.
Both sides were quick to display pieces of wreckage to media teams. India flew back parts of the plane to Delhi to show waiting journalists.
Pakistan flew out reporters to the site of the wreckage, which it said was well within its territory.
Army troops were guarding the wreckage to ensure Indian soldiers did not take the debris.