Series of Violations of Greek FIR by Turkish Fighter Jets on Thursday


(Photo by Eurokinissi, file)

ATHENS - A pair of Turkish military aircraft violated the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR) on Thursday and flew over the northeastern Greek island of Chios at 6,700 feet at 13:57, while a minute later they flew over the islands of Oinousses at the same altitude.

Following this, more Turkish military aircraft violated the Athens FIR at 14:04 and flew over southern Chios at 15,000 feet.

A flurry of further violations followed

- at 14:48, a pair of Turkish F-16 flew over Panaghia island at 33,000 feet

- at 14:56, another pair of Turkish figher jets flew over Oinousses at 33,000 feet and finally ,

- at 15:05 a third pair of Turkish F-16s flew over the southeastern part of Lesvos at 33,000 feet.

In all the above cases the Turkish fighter jets were recognised and intercepted by Greek planes, according to international rules.