Sweden says Russian military plane nearly hit passenger jet; Russia denies


A Russian military intelligence plane nearly collided with a commercial passenger jet south of Sweden on Friday, Swedish Air Force Chief Maj. Gen. Micael Byden said.

Byden said the incident in international airspace forced the commercial flight to change course.

Swedish fighter jets were immediately deployed to identify the aircraft and later identified it as a Russian intelligence plane, Byden said. He said the Russian military aircraft’s transponders were turned off to avoid commercial radar.

But the Russian Defense Ministry refuted the notion that one of its warplanes nearly collided with a passenger jet.

“No prerequisites existed for an air accident related with a flight of a Russian warplane in the international air space over the Baltic Sea on Friday, December 12,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Sunday, according to the state-run ITAR-Tass news agency.

“The flight was being made strictly in compliance with international air…

View original post 43 more words


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s