Belarus said that the pilot was supposed to land the plane with Protasevich in Vilnius The Belarusian Ministry of Transport said that the pilot, having received the code “red”, had to land the plane at the nearest airfield, that is, in Vilnius, and not fly to Minsk
The pilot of the Ryanair plane, on board of which was the former editor-in-chief of the Nexta Telegram channel (recognized by the Belarusian authorities as extremist) Roman Protasevich, violated the instructions by landing in Minsk, and not in Vilnius. About this in an interview with the TV channel “ Belarus 1 '' said the head of the aviation department of the Belarusian Ministry of Transport Artem Sikorsky.
Commenting on the recordings of the pilot's conversation with the dispatcher of the Minsk airport, published on the Web, Sikorsky said that the emergency code “ red '' was given to the crew commander. “ What does the 'red' code mean for a pilot? This means that he must land at the nearest airfield '', & mdash; he said.
To the ambassadors of Sikorski, at that time the closest airfield was in Vilnius, which was 70 km away. “But the plane didn’t think to descend or slow down to enter the landing position,” “& mdash; he added.
The head of the department wondered why the Lithuanian pilot on the plane registered in Poland violated the instructions? “And after all, we’ve been talking like a mantra all this time:“ Give us in-cockpit negotiations or negotiations between the pilot and the Vilnius dispatcher in order to understand why he flew to Minsk, ”“ mdash ” he continued.
Sikorsky called the assumptions published in the media absurd that the dispatcher consulted with a KGB officer in Belarus, passing the “ red '' code to the pilot. “ It turns out that the employee, on the contrary, facilitated the plane to fly to Vilnius. & lt; … & gt; The plane could fly to the base airport in Warsaw & mdash; in my opinion, closer than to Minsk, & lt; … & gt; was supposed to fly to Vilnius '', & mdash; he noted.
Ultimately, Sikorsky stressed, the decision is always made by the crew commander, and the dispatcher only transmits information and accompanies the passage of the aircraft to the selected point in the Belarusian airspace, ensuring safe navigation. He also noticed that at that moment more than one dispatcher was working & mdash; “ decisions were made collectively: there is a senior controller, there is a flight director. ''
The Ryanair incident, which was flying from Athens to Vilnius, took place in May. At the Minsk airport, they said that the airliner requested a landing because of a bomb report. At the same time, the airline told RBC that the crew received information about mining from Belarusian dispatchers, who gave instructions to land the plane in Minsk. To accompany the passenger plane, a MiG-29 fighter of the Belarusian Air Force took off into the sky. As a result, Protasevich and his acquaintance were removed from the flight and later arrested.
On December 8, The New York Times, citing sources and a representative of the Polish security service Stanislav Zarin, reported that the dispatcher, who fled to Poland this summer, spoke about the details of the incident with the Ryanair plane. According to the interlocutors of the publication, he said that the threat of an explosion on board the liner was deliberately false, and the emergency landing – & mdash; the operation to capture Protasevich, organized by the Belarusian special service. According to representatives of the European special services, the matter concerns the dispatcher Oleg Galegov, who left Belarus in July.
The next day, Poland published a recording of the negotiations between the dispatcher of the Minsk airport and the pilot of the Ryanair liner. On it, one can hear that the dispatcher and the pilot are communicating in English, however, during the negotiations, an employee of the Minsk airport is advised in Russian by an unauthorized person. Warsaw claimed that it could have been a KGB agent.
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