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Russian fighter jet intercepts a private plane in Karelia for violating prohibited area

July 11, 2014, 19:43 UTC+3 PETROZAVODSK

The pilot has been detained and may face a fine for breaching Russia’s aviation regulations

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PETROZAVODSK, July 11. /ITAR-TASS/. A private plane violated a military controlled prohibited area in the Republic of Karelia, Russia’s northwest, on Friday but was intercepted by a Russian fighter jet, law enforcers told ITAR-TASS.

A military radar came into action on Friday morning when an unknown object appeared in the skies over Besovats village where a fighter jet regiment is stationed and a civilian airport is located. A duty fighter jet rose to the sky to detain the intruder. However, the plane had managed to leave the prohibited area by the time the fighter jet had approached it and landed safely at an abandoned airfield near Girvas village.

The pilot of the three-seat plane turned out to be the head of a major firm in Murmansk (a city in Russia’s north). He was on his way from the town of Kirishi to Murmansk when he decided to land at Besovats airport for refueling. However, he failed to do that for some unknown reasons and flew in into a military zone.

The pilot was detained. He may face a fine for breaching Russia’s aviation regulations.

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