German Air Force plane continues journey after over-flight problem with Russia

15th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 November 2007, Berlin - A German Air Force plane turned back the previous day by Russia's air-traffic control left Thursday morning for a German base in Uzbekistan.

15 November 2007

Berlin - A German Air Force plane turned back the previous day by Russia's air-traffic control left Thursday morning for a German base in Uzbekistan.

The Airbus is carrying 200 soldiers and supplies to their forward base near Afghanistan.

The jet was close to the Russian border, heading east to the base at Termez, Uzbekistan, when it was told to fly back to Germany on Wednesday.

Moscow officials told German Air Force controllers that the jet's so-called diplo clearance, a routine form of permission via diplomatic channels to use an air corridor, was only valid for Tuesday.

The flight was unable to take place on Tuesday because of a sandstorm at Termez, the German forward base for supplying peacekeepers in Afghanistan, and began with a 24-hour delay.

The Russian airspace authorities later told the German military that the flight could go ahead on Thursday instead.

German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung spoke of "a coordination problem" and said there was no political background to the incident.

Germany has been in dispute with Russia over overflight fees for cargo jets of the national airline Lufthansa to use an air corridor when flying to China and other Asian nations.

Russia has granted a temporary extension until February to Lufthansa Cargo to use its airspace when flying to a refuelling stop in Astana, Kazakhstan, but the dispute has not been finally settled.

DPA

Subject: German news

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