A spokesman for Pakistan's army says authorities have forced an Indian military helicopter to land and have taken its four-member crew into custody for violating Pakistani airspace.

Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas says the incident occurred Sunday near Skardu, a city in northeastern Pakistan fairly close to the border with India-held Kashmir.

Abbas says the three pilots and crew chief taken into custody are safe. He did not say what Pakistan planned to do with them.

Pakistan and India are archenemies and have fought three major wars since they gained independence from Britain in 1947.