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Belarusian Plane Circles Poland after Being Denied Access to French Airspace

Olowokandi Fiyin
May 26, 2021
12:34 P.M.
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A Belarusian passenger plane flew over Poland after it was denied entrance into French airspace. The plane was set to land in Barcelona later this afternoon.

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A Belarusian passenger plane destined for Barcelona today faced a unique difficulty after being denied access into French airspace. According to reports, the airplane had departed from Minsk and was scheduled to land this afternoon.

However, the Belarusian state carrier Belavia flight 2869 was not allowed to enter French airspace by Poland authorities after hovering over Europe for several minutes.

A photo of a Belavia flight in the air. | Photo: Shutterstock

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Pawel Lukasiewicz, a Polish Air Navigation Services Agency spokesperson, elaborated on the controversial occurrence stating that the plane's pilot was told that he would not be given access. Lukasiewicz explained:

"This pilot received information from us that the French airspace was blocked ... and he may have a problem with entering."

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According to reports, Belavia planes have been denied permission to cross France's territory. Other countries where the aircraft has been refused entrance include Sweden, Britain, Ukraine, Finland, Latvia, and the Czech Republic.

It is believed that the refusal of the Belavia plane into French airspace is connected to the questionable force landing of a Ryanair flight in Belarus, which occurred over the weekend.

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The Ryanair flight ― carrying 170 passengers including non-conformist journalist Roman Protasevich ― was headed to Lithuania from Athens when it was forced to land while flying over Belarus airspace.

The pilot was reportedly informed about the presence of a "potential security threat onboard" and redirected to Minsk, where it was made to land. However, upon searching the plane, no bomb threat was found.

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