Russia bombers fly near Iceland passenger airliner
Captain could not reach bombers’ crews
Two Russian Tu-22 M bombers flew near the passenger plane, which headed from Reykjavík to Stockholm. Morgunblaðsins agency reports this.
The incident occurred on Thursday in Iceland air control zone near the border of Norway air control zone.
The bombers capable of carrying nuclear missiles and developing a supersonic speed flew with the transmitter switched off, and did not provide a flight plan. According to the source in the NATO edition, the planes flew in the direction of Spain, and then turned around and flew to Russia.
It is noted that when Russian bombers approached the passenger aircraft at a distance of 55 miles, the flight control center in Iceland contacted the captain of the airliner and warned of bombers.
The captain tried to contact with the crews of the bombers, but his attempts were in vain. According to him, the bombers flew near a passenger plane at a distance of 15 miles, while they were lower.
According to the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the aircraft flew at altitudes of 6000 to 9000 feet (1 800 to 2 700 meters) below the civilian airliner headed to Stockholm. Their transponders, "partially incorporated", did not pass the information about the height and speed of flight.
The official representative of the Russian Embassy in Reykjavik said that the danger was exaggerated. "There are obvious reasons for this presentation of events in the local press as a pretext for the resumption of the US) base in Keflavik. Good old enemy aircraft from Russia is back in the spotlight", he said.
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