Roseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 11166 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 20954 times:
It will be interesting to see if Syrian Air is carrying arms on passenger flights. I wouldn't be surprised if Turkey makes whatever they find on that plane very public. This could result in Syrian Air running into some problems with various conventions and ICAO regulations. Turkey has the right to force down any airplane suspected of carrying suspect cargo in its air space. Countries like Thailand have forced down airplanes from countries like North Korea before.
Syrian air has already been banned from the European Union. This won't help them getting re-instated.
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Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 4096 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 20598 times:
Wow, this is crazy. I can't imagine the outcome if they really do find any weapons on that flight. Military cargo on a civilian airliner. This will be a major thing. Could this be a turning point in the war?
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TurkishWings From Turkey, joined May 2006, 1460 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 20469 times:
The A 320 from Moscow (Vnukovo) is in ESB (Ankara) right now and the belly is being unloaded as we speak. They are searching for weapons...
On related news, Turkish registered airplanes are no longer flying through Syrian airspace as it has become unsafe to do so... This should be interesting which so many middle eastern flights are routed over Syria...
PHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 8384 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 19952 times:
Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 7): On related news, Turkish registered airplanes are no longer flying through Syrian airspace as it has become unsafe to do so... This should be interesting which so many middle eastern flights are routed over Syria...
That's interesting. Maybe they're flying south over the Holy Land/Jordan?
AV Herald now covering it:
"Some Turkish media report, without providing details or sources of such information, that no weapons and no ammunition was found, however, a large shipment of communication equipment for military purposes was identified. Other Turkish media report, also without providing details or sources of that information, parts for missiles were found on board of the aircraft."
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12364 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 17522 times:
Quoting PHX787 (Reply 4): This is nuts, the EU and the UN are gonna have a field day with this one.
Then they will do nothing, as usual. Now the question becomes, who were to receive this military equipment in Syria? The government or the rebels? A far as I can see, neither side is one I would support after what has happened to us after helping in Lybia.
suseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 916 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 16277 times:
My question is this: if (not saying he/she was, just if) a pilot for Syrian Air were in on this, what would really stop them from just continuing to fly to Syria. Do we really think a Turkish F-16 would shoot down a passenger plane on the suspicion of arms trading? There is no way any military would shoot down a passenger plane in circumstance where they weren't certain there wasn't a WMD (nuclear, biological, etc...) on board.
Not saying I would do it, but it would be interesting to see what happened if the pilot called their bluff.
YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2954 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 16110 times:
Update from BBC is the cargo was "military communications devices" which are hardly in the same category as arms IMO, though of course the Turks were not to know but nonetheless its sad that Russia continue to support and thereby prolong the madness.