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Ukraine Crisis: Aeroflot Boeing 737-800 Diverts to Istanbul After Entering Banned EU Airspace over Greece

LONDON – An Aeroflot Boeing 737-800 has been forced to divert to Istanbul after entering banned European Union airspace over Greece.

SU7236 departed Moscow at around 14:39 local time, with reports suggesting it was originally supposed to go to Verona.

However, Italy has recently just banned Russian flights from its airspace, meaning this aircraft was probably affected by this whilst it was in the air.

VQ-BWF, the Boeing 737-8LJ in question, was then forced to circle around Turkish airspace, with RadarBox showing that it was last seen near Istanbul, where it is believed to have diverted.

This looks to be the most recent airspace excursions from the last 24 hours, with Aeroflot doing most of these violations.

Yesterday, two Aeroflot Airbus A350s committed violations in Canadian airspace whilst on flights back to Moscow from Cancun and Miami respectively.

It is unclear whether this Boeing 737-8LJ will be allowed to fly back out of Istanbul to Moscow, or whether it will be stuck like the Airbus A321 in Geneva that also belongs to the carrier.

This is a developing story.

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