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Russian Jets Keep Crossing Into Ukraine

The Pentagon tells Russia to "de-escalate the situation'

(Newser) - US defense officials said today that Russian fighter jets flew into Ukrainian airspace a handful of times over the last 24 hours, in what one called a continued provocation of the heightened tensions in the region. The officials said it's not clear what the intent was, but the aircraft... More »

Turkey PM: We Downed Syria Jet in Airspace 'Slap'

PM says it violated its airspace; Syria calls move 'blatant aggression'

(Newser) - Days after Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt at eradicating Twitter didn't go so well, the Turkish PM is confirming that his armed forces shot down a Syrian fighter jet after it violated Turkish airspace, reports the BBC . " A Syrian plane violated our airspace," he told a rally... More »

Venezuela Downs 2 Illegal Planes

Following passage of new airspace law

(Newser) - Venezuela has shot down a pair of planes that entered its airspace without authorization over the weekend, the country's military says; they were allegedly carrying smuggled drugs. The attacks mark the first time planes have been shot down following the approval of a bill this month allowing the move,... More »

Japan Scrambles Jets, Says Russia Violated Airspace

As Japan holds rally demanding Moscow return group of disputed islands

(Newser) - Japan's Defense Ministry says two Russian fighter jets briefly intruded into Japanese airspace today off the northern tip of the island of Hokkaido. Japanese jets scrambled after the intrusion by the two SU-27 jets off the coast of Rishiri island, which lasted just over a minute, according to ministry... More »

Japan: China Violated Our Airspace

Chinese plane approached disputed islands

(Newser) - Japan says a Chinese government plane violated its airspace by soaring too close to the disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Japan scrambled eight fighter jets and complained to Beijing in response, a Japanese spokesman says. It's the first time a Chinese government aircraft... More »

Turkey Bans Syrian Civil Flights

Suspects regime smuggling military equipment

(Newser) - Turkey's foreign minister says the country has barred its airspace to Syrian civilian flights. Ahmet Davutoglu said today that Turkey had made the decision because the Syrian regime, which is battling an insurgency, was "abusing" civilian flights by transporting military equipment. He says Syria's government was notified... More »

Air Scare Gets US Capitol Evacuated

Piedmont Airlines flight went into restricted airspace

(Newser) - Authorities say the US Capitol and all Senate and House buildings were evacuated and fighter jets were scrambled after an airliner flying into Washington's Reagan airport went out of radio contact. The plane entered restricted airspace heading towards the US Capitol around 1:30pm today, but simply turned out to... More »

Errant Plane Breaches Security at White House

(Newser) - An errant plane set off a brief security scare in Washington today, prompting the relocation of President Obama and VP Biden, Bloomberg reports. The small aircraft entered restricted airspace before being intercepted by military jets and obeying orders to leave the area and land at a nearby airport. During the... More »

North Korea Threatens Civilian Flights

South Korean-US military exercise rattles Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea said it could not guarantee the safety of civilian flights near its airspace in light of a joint US-South Korean military exercise, the Telegraph reports. The annual exercise, which South Korea and the US say is purely defensive, is for next week. Pyongyang warned that it could not... More »

Jet Forced Down in Iran Was Private

Military denies Iranian reports that military aircraft deplaned

(Newser) - The US military says it was a business, not military, jet that was forced down after violating Iran's airspace a week ago, denying Iranian reports that any Americans were aboard, CNN reports. An Iranian news agency caused international worry when it reported that the aircraft had five American military officials... More »

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