Turkish Navy Aircraft Violate Air Traffic Rules in Athens FIR

Turkish Navy ATR 72 TMPA P72 MELTEM III Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Two Turkish Navy aircraft (a CN-235 and an ATR-72), along with a Turkish helicopter, entered the Athens flight information region on Monday without submitting a flight plan.

In fact, three violations of air traffic rules were recorded in the Athens FIR in the southeastern Aegean Sea.

The Turkish aircraft were identified in accordance with international rules.

On Saturday, a Turkish CN-235 aircraft, used to assist the navy, also entered the Athens FIR without filing a flight plan. It was also identified in accordance with standard practice.

These violations come after a relative thaw in tensions between the two neighbors.

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