Private Cessna violates Russian airspace near Poland. Su-27 Flanker fighter jets are scrambled against it.

Russian MoD has confirmed that a private Cessna plane has Russia’s airspace in the Kaliningrad region, near the Baltic  Gdansk Bay, on Jul. 25.

Sukhoi Su-27 plane was used to identify the intruder, as the pilot did not react to the radio communication.

The official statement said an unidentified object flying from Poland over the Baltic has been detected by the radars of the Russian Air Defense about 50 km from the border at 20.15. At 20.26 the pilot entered the Russian airspace and two Su-27 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the intruder.

After visual contact was established, the Cessna pilot directed the airplane towards Lithuania at 21.09.

Since the private plane did not have the permission to enter the Lithuanian territory it was forced to land at Latvia’s Ventspils airport by NATO fighter jets patrolling the airspace of the Baltic States.

Jacek Siminski for TheAviationist

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