Turkey diverts Armenia-to-Syria flight for ‘security check’
Turkish authorities are searching a Syria-bound Armenian plane after forcing it to land in the eastern city of Erzurum, Turkish media reported.
The aircraft was forced to land while en route to Aleppo, Syria. Ankara claimed it diverted the flight for a security inspection, AFP reported.
This incident comes days after the Turkish military forced a Syrian plane traveling from Moscow to Damascus to land in Turkey. Ankara claimed that the civilian aircraft was transporting weapons to Syria. Authorities seized equipment they found in the plane’s luggage before allowing it to resume its flight.
The equipment was spare parts for radar, not weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The components were legally purchased in Russia, and were being delivered to the buyer in Syria.
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