Saturday, December 4, 2021

Russia To Submit Protest Regarding Black Sea Incident - Air Transport Agency - UrduPoint

The Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) announced on Saturday plans to submit a protest regarding the recent incident in the Black Sea through diplomatic channels, saying that the increased frequency of NATO flights near Russia's borders creates risks against civilian planes.

"Considering that the aforementioned military flights without radio contact pose risks to the flight safety of civilian planes in the area of the Black Sea, the Russian aviation authorities will initiate submission of a protest through diplomatic channels," a Rosaviatsiya spokeswoman said.

"The increased frequency of NATO flights near the Russian borders creates risks of dangerous incidents involving civilian aircraft," the spokeswoman stated.


  1. Russian civil aviation authority has confirmed that traffic controls had to tweak the course of two civil aircraft to avoid a potential collision with a NATO spy plane in the Black Sea region.

    In a statement on Saturday, Russia’s federal air transport regulator, Rosaviatsia, shed more light on an incident that unfolded above the international waters of the Black Sea the day before.

    The regulator claimed that a NATO reconnaissance plane was flying dangerously close to a Moscow-bound civil aircraft with over 140 passengers on board and repeatedly ignored attempts by traffic control to reach out. With the NATO jet crew not responding, the passenger plane was forced to lose altitude instead.

    1. Rosaviatsia said that traffic controls observed a NATO Bombardier CL-600 Artemis reconnaissance aircraft rapidly descending from 11,000 meters (36,000 feet) to 9,200 meters (30,200 feet) while “crossing the civil flight path” in the immediate proximity of Aeroflot SU501 flight.

      The ground controls had to intervene, advising the Moscow-bound aircraft and another plane, a Maltese CL-650, flying from the Russian resort city of Sochi to Skopje in North Macedonia, to change course.

      “The course and the altitude of civil aircraft were promptly changed. The measures taken by Russian air traffic controllers ensured the safety of flights in the area above the international waters of the Black Sea,” Rosaviatsia stated.

      The incident was acknowledged by Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot. The airline revealed that the crew of Moscow-bound А330 plane was able to physically see the NATO jet when they were told to change course by ground control.

      Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed it had to scramble Su-27 and Su-30 fighter jets to escort two spy planes, the CL-600 and a Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint, away from the country’s borders.


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