Belavia’s Embraer E195LR returns after 2.5 hours in the air as France denies entry to their Airspace
Belavia’s flight B2869 was a scheduled flight from Minsk, Belarus to Barcelona, Spain. The flight however had to return to Minsk after being denied entry into French airspace.
The airline has stated that they had permission for the flight however the French authorities canceled the flight plan without informing the airline three minutes before the aircraft took off on scheduled time.
"Today, the company was supposed to carry out flight B2869 Minsk-Barcelona-Minsk. The Embraer 195 aircraft carried 54 passengers. Belavia had all permissions for this flight, the aircraft departed from the airport on time, However, as we learned later, French authorities manually deactivated the plane’s flight plan three minutes before takeoff, without notifying the airline."
The Embraer E195LR was circling over Belarus near Poland Airspace before returning to Minsk after 2.5 hours in the air.
Belavia said the airline attempted to negotiate to reroute the flight over neutral waters which too was denied by the Marseille air traffic control which, according to the company, violates the UN Chicago Convention.
Many countries issued a ban on Belarusian carriers from flying to their airports and flying over their airspace following the Ryanair incident where the government of Belarus is reported to have forced the Boeing 737 to divert Minsk while the aircraft was en-route to Vilnius to arrest a passenger traveling on board.