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Top-three forced landings cases

Author : 112.ua News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

May 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel NEXTA, journalist Roman Pratasevich, was detained in Minsk.
10:38, 25 May 2021

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The Ryanair plane was forcibly planted in Minsk after it was reported that it was mined. At the same time, a fighter of the Belarusian Air Force was sent to escort the aircraft.

The detention of Pratasevich and the very fact of the forced landing of the plane caused a sharp negative reaction from the West. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for an international investigation of the incident, and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, threatened Belarus with sanctions. Ukraine, in turn, demanded the immediate release of Pratasevich.

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You can read more about the situation with the detention of Roman Pratasevich here. We will dwell directly on the story of the forced landing of the plane, which was a shock for many yesterday, although there have already been such cases in history.

Let's recall a few iconic ones.

Landing of the aircraft "Belavia" in Ukraine

In October 2016, the board of the Belarusian airline "Belavia", following the flight Kyiv - Minsk, was stopped in "Zhulyany" at the request of the Security Service of Ukraine. At the same time, according to the company itself, Ukraine even threatened to raise fighters into the air.

After boarding, one of the passengers, anti-Maidan member Armen Martirosyan, was removed from the flight.

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The SBU explained that the flight was deployed "because of a possible threat to national security." According to the then speaker of the Security Service, Olena Gitlyanska, at the time of receiving information about a possible threat, the foreigner about whom there were suspicions was on board the plane. And after checking "we made sure that the threat to national security is localized."

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Evo Morales plane

In July 2013, the plane of the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, took off from the Russian Sheremetyevo to Lisbon. During the flight, France, Portugal, Italy and Spain refused to allow the plane to pass through their airspace.

The reason is suspicions that a former CIA officer Edward Snowden was on board, who could thus be taken out of the transit zone of the Moscow airport.

After landing, an attempt was made to search the plane in violation of the Vienna Convention. Morales was kept at the airport for almost 12 hours, Snowden was not on board.

In the end, Morales demanded an apology. But only the French apologized.

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Landing in Turkey

In October 2012, Turkish Air Force fighters forced a passenger plane to land at Ankara airport, which was en route from Moscow to Damascus. There were 35 passengers on board.

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The plane was landed to check the cargo. According to the then Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turks had a suspicion that there was cargo on board that did not meet the requirements of civil aviation. It's about weapons.

The search of the plane lasted five hours. Then Turkey gave permission to fly the plane to Damascus. The authorities announced the seizure of the cargo found aboard the plane.

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