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Russian aircraft violates Estonian airspace

An IL-76 transport plane. Image is illustrative
An IL-76 transport plane. Image is illustrative Source: (ITAR-TASS/Scanpix)

A Russian aircraft violated Estonian airspace at around noon on Tuesday. The plane spent less than a minute in Estonian territory. The incident happened in the vicinity of Vaindloo, a small island in the Gulf of Finland.

The aircraft of the type Ilyushin IL-76 entered Estonian airspace without permission. The plane's transponder was active, and a flight plan had been submitted. The plane was not in contact with Estonian air traffic control.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Estonia, 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.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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