A small twin-engine Beechcraft aircraft, carrying two people, flew low into the airspace of Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria on Wednesday night, according to the Ministry of Defense.
“We specify that the aircraft in question, which evolved in the Romanian airspace on the Oradea – Caransebeş – Drobeta Turnu Severin route, did not show a hostile or dangerous behavior. At no time did the pilot of the aircraft respond to the radio interrogations or the visual signals transmitted by the intercepting military aircraft, according to the international norms “, the quoted source shows.
According to the data available at the moment, the aircraft took off from Hungary, in the Debrecen area, around 5.30 pm, without having an approved flight plan and without having started the electronic means of identification of transponder type.
The aircraft was intercepted in Hungarian airspace by two Hungarian Air Force JAS 39 Gripen military aircraft at 5:38 p.m. The aircraft did not respond to radio interrogations or visual signals from military aircraft.
At around 17.49, the aircraft entered the Romanian airspace, in the Oradea area, being accompanied by the two Hungarian military aircraft, based on the cross-border agreement between Romania and Hungary.
At 17.58, the Hungarian aircraft returned to the base, the target being taken over by two F-16 aircraft of the US Air Force, deployed on the 86th Feteşti Air Base, which were on a patrol mission in the Romanian airspace.
“The mission of the two American aircraft was similar, for radio interrogation, visual identification and escorting of the target aircraft”, the ministry states, according to agerpres.ro.
A twin-engine aircraft entered the airspace of Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria, being escorted by American aircraft.
At 18.36, the American aircraft requested the return approval on the 86th Air Base, the air police mission being taken over by two F-16 aircraft of the Romanian Air Force, taking off from the same air base.
“The Romanian military aircraft intercepted the target aircraft at 18:42 and continued the interrogation and escort mission. The target aircraft, which continued to respond to radio and visual queries, intersected at around 19.00 for about two minutes with Serbian airspace in an area between Drobeta Turnu Severin and Korbovo. “, Mentions the Ministry of National Defense.
Around 19.09, the target aircraft crossed into the airspace of Bulgaria.
The two Romanian F-16 aircraft completed the air police mission and landed in Feteşti around 7.46 pm.
Bulgarian authorities are currently investigating the area of the last known target position on the ground to identify the aircraft and establish details, according to the Ministry of National Defense.
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