State TV: Turkey orders Syrian passenger plane to land

By REUTERS
October 10, 2012 20:54




ANKARA, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Turkey scrambled fighter planes to force a Syrian passenger plane en route from Moscow to land in Ankara on Wednesday and banned Turkish civilian aircraft from flying in Syrian airspace, state-run TRT television said.

A foreign ministry official confirmed that a civilian plane had been ordered to land in the Turkish capital but gave no further details.

Some Turkish media reports said the plane had been forced to land because it was suspected of carrying weapons to Syria, although there was no confirmation of this from Turkish officials.

Turkey's civil aviation authority banned Turkish civilian aircraft from using Syrian airspace citing insecurity in its southern neighbor, TRT said.


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