Belarus air visitors management advised a Vilnius-bound Ryanair flight there was a bomb on board and advised it divert to Minsk, in accordance with a transcript launched by the transport ministry Tuesday.
The compelled grounding of the European passenger flight Sunday sparked a worldwide outcry with EU-based carriers reducing air hyperlinks with Belarus and European leaders warning of recent sanctions.
The aviation division of the Belarus transport ministry launched a transcript of what it says was the dialog between Minsk airport and the Ryanair pilot.
“We have information from special services that you have bomb on board and it can be activated over Vilnius,” Minsk air visitors management stated, recommending that the plane make a touchdown.
The pilot then questioned the origin of the bomb menace, to which Minsk stated airport safety had obtained it through e-mail.
Belarus a number of instances advised that the aircraft land in Minsk saying it was “our recommendation”.
On Monday nevertheless Belarus authorities stated that the choice to land in Minsk was made independently by the pilot and that he had the choice of going to both Poland or Ukraine.
They additionally stated the bomb menace supposedly got here from the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas in an e-mail addressed to Minsk airport. They reiterated this declare in Tuesday’s assertion.
The transport ministry additionally stated Tuesday that representatives of worldwide companies had been invited for “further consideration of the circumstances” of the incident.
The invited organisations are the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the EU and US Civil Aviation Authorities.
The Ryanair plane travelling from Athens to Vilnius had an opposition activist on board who was arrested in Minsk airport in spite of everything passengers disembarked for a safety test.
Roman Protasevich, 26, fled Belarus in 2019 to the EU from the place he co-ran the Nexta Telegram channels, a key Belarus opposition media that helped mobilise protesters.
Belarusian state TV late on Monday broadcast a brief video of Protasevich confirming that he was in jail in Minsk and “confessing” to expenses of organising mass unrest.
His allies nevertheless say the video was made beneath stress from authorities.