“Today the company was supposed to fly B2869 Minsk-Barcelona-Minsk. The Embraer 195 aircraft carried 54 passengers. Belavia had all the clearances for this flight, the plane took off from the airport on time, ”said the carrier. “However, as we learned later, the French authorities manually deactivated the plane’s flight plan three minutes before takeoff, without notifying the airline. “
The company noted that this information was transmitted to the pilot during his climb by Polish air traffic control.
“Attempts to modify the route in flight in contact with Marseille air traffic control did not yield any results. Moreover, the French dispatch cited a verbal instruction from the French Prime Minister, ”the statement read.
The company also stressed that the ban on Minsk-Paris flights, received earlier from the French aeronautical authorities, did not include the ban on overflights in French airspace.
“Belavia did not receive the updated ban until 3:16 pm today. Until then, the plane was circling in the air for about two hours, after which it returned to Minsk, ”the statement said.
A new attempt to negotiate the route with Marseille air traffic control also failed, including overflights over neutral waters, which the company says violates the United Nations Chicago Convention.
Earlier, EU countries decided to ban Belarusian carriers from flying to EU airports and using its airspace, and recommended their own airlines to avoid flying over Belarus.