An Airbus A350 of Russia’s Aeroflot flew through Canadian airspace on Sunday, while this is no longer permitted.
Canada closed its airspace to Russian aircraft on Sunday morning (local time). This shutdown comes in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Several countries decided to ban aircraft from Russia. All EU countries have stated that they are also with them throughout their airspace no longer welcome† Just as Russian airlines are no longer allowed into Iceland’s airspace, so they have to take a big tour.
Aeroflot through the air
The A350, with registration VQ-BFY, departed from Miami at 3:15 p.m. local time (one-and-a-half hours later) last Sunday. After flying for nearly three hours, the plane approached Canadian airspace. It entered the country via the southeast. Then, due to all the European sanctions, she continued her course towards Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. While the flight from Miami to the Russian city usually takes about fourteen hours, the SU111 flight took an hour and fifteen minutes longer this time.
Transport Canada confirms that the Aeroflot flew in the airspace of the unauthorized country. “We are aware that Aeroflot Flight 111 violated the ban imposed earlier today on Russian flights using Canadian airspace,” she wrote on Twitter. A spokesman for the company added that there are no direct flights between Canada and Russia.
Nav Canada, a cooperative that operates Canada’s air navigation system, says the plane flew because it declared the plane a “humanitarian flight because it entered local airspace that would normally require special handling by air traffic control.”
Despite this, the incident is under further investigation. “We are currently working with Transport Canada to investigate the incident, and we are working with neighboring air navigation service providers to support the re-routing of aircraft before they fly into Canadian-controlled airspace,” the Canadian Navigation Agency said. Reuters† The Canadian regulator adds that Canada does not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement measures and therefore other measures to prevent future violations.
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