Russian plane flies in Estonian airspace without permission ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

A Tupolev Tu-154 belonging to the Russian Ministry of Defence. Photo is illustrative.
A Tupolev Tu-154 belonging to the Russian Ministry of Defence. Photo is illustrative. Source: Marina Lystseva/TASS/Scanpix

An aircraft of the Russian Federation entered Estonian airspace over the Vaindloo Island area in the Gulf of Finland without permission on Wednesday morning, the Ministry of Defence reported.

The plane, a Tupolev Tu-204-300, stayed in Estonian airspace for less than a minute. The aircraft transponder was turned on, but the flight plan was missing. 

The aircraft did not have radio contact with the Estonian air traffic control at the time of the air border violation. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Russian Ambassador to Estonia and handed over a note. This was the first violation of the Estonian air border by an aircraft of the Russian Federation this year.

Vaindloo island in the Gulf of Finland. Source: Google maps

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