The Canadian Department of Transportation confirmed that the plane had entered Canadian airspace from a Russian airline aeroflot on Sunday evening, violating a ban imposed by Canada the same morning. The investigation has been launched.
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“Last night, Aeroflot Flight 111 violated the ban on Russian aircraft operating in Canadian airspace,” said Valerie Glazer, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation.
“Transport Canada has launched a review of the behavior of the aeroflot and air navigation service provider that led to this breach. We will not hesitate to take appropriate action and other measures to prevent future violations, ”she added.
Minister Omar Algabra met earlier Monday with the CEO of Nav Canada, the organization responsible for providing security screening in Canadian airspace.
According to federal sources, Aeroflot justified its incursion into Canadian airspace by presenting it as a “humanitarian aircraft”.
“We are very concerned about this request,” the source said.
Canada has closed its airspace to Russian flights along with several European countries.
The United States, which is still resisting the idea of closing its airspace to Russia, has asked Americans living in Russia to leave the country as soon as possible before sanctions increase.