A passenger plane bound for Turkey's Antalya was spotted in the skies over Ukraine
A Polish passenger plane flew into Ukrainian airspace closed due to a full-scale war. It flew over Zakarpattia Region, circling a thunderstorm front.
The incident occurred on June 23, writes avianews.com. The question was about a Boeing 737-800 of the Polish charter airline Enter Air flight E4 4665. The aircraft was bound for the resort city of Antalya (Turkey) from Poznan, Poland.
Flightradar24 recorded the airliner's route. According to its data, the Boeing 737-800 was over the territory of Ukraine just a few minutes and not more than 25 km from the state border.
"Slovak air traffic controllers could have directed the airliner into the closed Ukrainian space in order to avoid the aircraft flying into a thunderstorm front. Such a situation could have threatened serious consequences," the report said.
It is noted that civil aircraft fly close to the Ukrainian border near Uzhhorod on a daily basis. Had the Boeing 737-800 been caught in the epicentre of a thunderstorm, it would have threatened more danger than a short flight in closed airspace.
Enter Air confirmed the incident and said that everything happened according to safety procedures.
As OBOZREVATEL reported, Ukraine may open its skies to civil aircraft after the war ends. It is expected that it will be possible to partially resume flights within a few weeks to a few months, aviation expert Bohdan Dolyntse said. The return of international airlines is also possible, which would create price competition.