HNDGS: Turkish Fighter Jets Violated Greek National Airspace 71 Times

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
Last Update: 12:23

Turkish Air Force aircraft violated Greece’s national airspace 71 times on Tuesday, with four of those incidents developing into dogfights, the National Defense General Staff (HNDGS) said.

Four Turkish F-16, two CN-235 aircraft and a helicopter entered Athens’ FIR without submitting a flight plan, HNDGS said, adding it recorded four violations of air traffic rules which developed into 71 violations of national airspace in several parts of the Aegean.

The aircraft flew between Chios and Lesvos and exited Athens’ FIR south of Samos, committing 31 violations of national airspace. The two CN-235 entered Athens’ FIR without submitting a flight plan, the first flying between Lemnos and Lesvos and the second south of Rhodes, committing 19 and 21 violations of airspace respectively.

In all incidents, the Turkish Air Force aircraft were recognized and intercepted by Greek fighter jets which took off from Skyros. Two of the Turkish aircraft were armed.(source: ana-mpa)

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