New details have emerged about the incident with the airliner "Belavia". On November 1, a transcript of the pilot's negotiations with the Zhulyany traffic controller has been published.
It fully confirms the information that Belarusian pilots were threatened by combat aircraft.
On October 21, a Belarusian flight Kiev-Minsk was forced to return to the airport of departure under threat of the use of fighter aircraft. In connection with the incident, the head of Ukrainian diplomatic mission in Belarus was handed a note of protest. The Belarusian side insists on compensation for damages and public apology.
At the start of the flight, everything went on as usual. Passengers are preparing tables, flight attendants brewing tea, coffee and pouring water. And suddenly, pilots hear this...
I am listening.
"Belavia-840", we have received an order: you need to, you must go back to the airport of departure, to Zhulyany. If you fail to do this, military aircraft will be used to intercept you.
This phrase has become a stumbling block. The Security Service of Ukraine first categorically denied the information that the flight was threatened.
Then the Belarusian air carrier promised to make public talks of the crew and the traffic controller, which, in fact, has been made.
After unsuccessful attempts to clarify the reason why the plane must return, the commander has a few seconds to make a decision.
What is the reason for what?
"Belavia-840", I was instructed to get you back to the airport of departure.
Ok, we are turning around.
Pilots are at a loss. On board were 136 passengers and combat aircraft could be raised against these innocent people.
After a while, another message comes from Zhulyany. With more than concise explanations.
"Belavia-840," the head of flights speaking. Information about your return to Zhulyany airport came from the military leadership. More detailed report will be conveyed to you after the landing.
After landing, an Armenian citizen was apprehended by the law enforcement bodies of Ukraine. Soon he was released and flew to Minsk on the next flight. "Belavia" hopes to recover damages, and
the SBU reduce the situation to "human factor" alleging that the traffic controller simply overdid.
The Belarus Foreign Ministry is currently holding talks with the Ukraine and as parties say, there is mutual understanding on the issue and soon it may be resolved.