Russian Il-76 transport aircraft violates Estonian airspace

A Russian Ilyushin IL-76 transport aircraft violated Estonian airspace at around noon in the vicinity of Vaindloo, a small island in the Gulf of Finland on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

According to the media reports, the plane spent less than a minute over Estonian territory after entering without permission..

According to a statement from the Ministry of Defence of Estonia, the plane’s transponder was active, and a flight plan had been submitted. It added that the plane was not in contact with Estonian air traffic control (ATC).

Estonia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the ambassador of the Russian Federation, and handed him a note of protest.

This is the second time this year that a Russian plane violates Estonian airspace. Seven incidents of the kind occurred last year, most of them in the area of Vaindloo Island.

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