Russian bombers disrupted planes in Irish airspace

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Commerical planes carrying hundreds of passengers had to be diverted or delayed when bombers flew just off the coast of Ireland

Russian Bear aircraft photographed from an intercepting RAF quick reaction Typhoon (QRA) as it approached UK airspace
Russian Bear aircraft photographed from an intercepting RAF Typhoon as it approached UK airspace last year Photo: MoD
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By AFP

One plane was diverted and another delayed to avoid two Russian bombers that flew through Irish-controlled airspace without warning in February, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said on Tuesday.

The disruption is believed to have occurred during the same February 18 incident in which British RAF Typhoon fighters were scrambled to escort two Russian bear bombers identified flying close to British airspace.

The move was seen as a show of strength by Russia amid tensions over the conflict in Ukraine, where Prime Minister David Cameron has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of challenging the territorial integrity of Kiev.

The Irish authority said that the two Russian aircraft…

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