Thursday, October 11, 2012

Turkish Jets Force down Syrian Passenger Flight from Moscow

After confiscating it cargo, Turkish officials have allowed a Syrian passenger jet, which had earlier been forced to land in Ankara, to resume its flights. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced the decision in televised comments on Wednesday. Local media earlier spoke about spare parts for military radio stations allegedly found on the board the Syrian jet. Turkish F-16s forced down the Airbus A320, which was flying from Moscow to Damascus with 35 passengers on board, over suspicions that it was carrying a prohibited type of cargo on board. Davutoglu said that Ankara had received intelligence that the Syrian plane was carrying "certain equipment in breach of civil aviation rules," but refused to comment on what that equipment might be. The head of Syrian civil aviation agency said that the interception of the civilian plane and the search of its cargo compartment were a breach of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. (video)

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