Pulkovo airport near St. Petersburg, Russia, stopped accepting flights on Tuesday morning, Reuters and state-run TASS news agency reported. The planes were turning back. Around 12 noon, the airspace near the airport was opened. According to unconfirmed information distributed on the Telegram service, the cause of the interference was the appearance of an “unidentified object” in the sky.
Data from the Flight Radar service show that planes heading to St. Petersburg – the second largest metropolis – are turning back Russia. Flights were redirected to their departure points.
According to unconfirmed information provided by the Baza channel on the Telegram service, the cause of the disturbance was the appearance of an unidentified object in the sky. The Russian TV station REN, citing an anonymous source, reported that the airspace over the Pulkovo airport was closed within a radius of 200 kilometers. “There are military planes in the sky, the search for an intruder is underway,” the channel reported.
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The state agency TASS reported that Pulkovo in St. Petersburg was temporarily not accepting planes, citing a statement from the authorities in St. Petersburg. “The reasons for the situation were not given. Flight delays were announced until noon,” the agency reported.
Around 12 noon local time (10 am in Poland) the airspace was reopened and flights resumed, the RIA news agency reported.
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