The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Iceland expressed serious discontent after the incident with the flight of Russian bombers at an unsafe close distance from passenger plane in the country. The pilots of the two Tu-160 accused, first, of unlawful presence in the airspace of Iceland, and, secondly, the threat to flight safety of the aircraft.
That under the airliner suddenly appeared two Russian military aircraft, first reported by the pilot of a passenger liner EN route from Reykjavik to Stockholm. According to him, the Russian bombers were below the tier of the liner so close that they can be seen in the cockpit window.
As stated in the statement of the foreign Ministry of Iceland, three bomber Russia Tu-160 flew below the passenger side at altitudes of 6,000 to 9,000 feet (1800-2700 m). The Ministry stressed that the transponders of the Russian “carcasses” in order to avoid collision were not included, and the pilots did not notify the local dispatching service on its route.
“The government of Iceland has repeatedly objected to the overflight of an unidentified Russian aircraft near our borders or passenger aircraft because of the threat they may pose to passenger aircraft,” the document cites the Agency Agence France-Presse.
Islande: bombardiers russes des accusés d’avoir volé trop près d’un avion de ligne https://t.co/x48tDMzWnK #AFP pic.twitter.com/mbDp85Uhb9
— Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) on September 26, 2016
Commenting on the incident, the official representative of the Russian Embassy in Reykjavik Alex Shadskiy, expressed the view that the danger posed by our aircraft, have been greatly exaggerated foreign party with a purpose – to find a pretext to resume in Iceland ( Keflavik) in the U.S. Navy.