The Russian airline’s Aeroflot passenger plane, flying from Tel Aviv to Moscow, was forced to change altitude over the Black Sea after the NATO reconnaissance plane left its designated flight path, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatia said on Saturday. Neither NATO nor the US Embassy have commented on these reports.
According to Aeroflot authorities, the plane carrying 142 passengers had to descend from its height after air traffic control reported that another plane had entered its air corridor. “A passenger plane flying from Tel Aviv to Moscow was forced to change its flight altitude over the Black Sea after the NATO reconnaissance plane left its designated flight path,” said the Federal Air Transport Agency of Russia Rosaviatia.
In turn, Russia said that the smaller plane, flying from the Black Sea resort of Sochi to Skopje, also had to change course due to the presence of a NATO plane nearby.
It was not stated which NATO member the reconnaissance aircraft belonged to. The Russian defense ministry said it had “ordered the escorting of two US military reconnaissance planes over the Black Sea.”
Russia said the increase in the number of NATO aircraft flights in the region “poses a threat to civilian aircraft and that Moscow plans to file a diplomatic complaint about the matter.”
Neither NATO nor the US Embassy have yet commented on the reports of the incidents that were first reported by Interfax.
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