Passenger Airbus A320 Plane Makes Emergency Landing To Avoid Coming Under Syrian Fire: Russia
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February 7, 2020 - by Andrey Kuzmin, Alexander Marrow and Rinat Sagdiev in Moscow, Additional reporting by Ari Rabinovitch in Jerusalem and by Kinda Makieh in Damascus; Editing by Katya Golubkova and Angus MacSwan for reuters.com
A passenger plane carrying 172 passengers from Tehran to Damascus made an emergency landing at the Russian-controlled Hmeimim Air Base in Syria on Thursday to avoid coming under fire from Syrian air defenses, Russia said on Friday.
The Airbus A320 (AIR.PA) had been coming into land at Damascus International Airport when it was forced to divert to the nearest alternative airfield, the Hmeimim Air Base near Latakia in northwest Syria, which is operated by the Russian military.