Russian military aircraft violates Estonian airspace

A Russian An-26 military transport aircraft violated Estonian airspace yesterday, according to the Estonian Defense Forces website. "At 09:51 [Tuesday], a Russian An-26 entered into the air space of Estonia near the island of Vaindloo without permission," the web message stated.

The plane was in Estonian airspace for less than one minute. It flew with a proper flight plan and with its transponder turned on. According to the plan, the plane was to remain in international airspace. At the time of violation, the aircraft was not in radio contact with Estonian air traffic control.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia summoned the Russian Ambassador and handed him a note of protest.

  Estonia, Russia, airspace violations