MOSCOW, October 11 (Itar-Tass) —— A Syrian Airlines airliner did not carry the cargoes, which are banned for the transportation by civilian aircraft, a source at the Moscow airport Vnukovo told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
“Before being delivered onboard the airliner all cargoes pass customs controls and a check by the specialists of the security services at the airport and no objects, which would be banned for the transportation by the air traffic rules were onboard the airliner,” spokesperson of the Moscow air harbour Yelena Krylova told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
All the documentation, which concerns the cargo transportation by a civilian airliner, was properly processed and passed to the law enforcement agencies, she said.
The airport did not note who is a consigner of the cargoes from Moscow to Damascus.
The airliner A320 of the Syrian Airlines took off at 15:26 Moscow time on Wednesday from the Vnukovo airport to Damascus. When the airliner entered the air space of Turkey Turkish fighters F-16 were dispatched that forced the airliner to make a landing at the Ankara air harbour. The airliner was carrying 37 people with the crewmen, including 17 Russians with children.
The group of the consular workers from the Russian embassy in Ankara and the doctor arrived at the airport to help Russian citizens. However, they were not permitted to meet with the Russian citizens.
The Turkish authorities said that the forced landing was caused by the intelligence information that the airliner can carry non-civilian cargoes.