Russia’s St Petersburg Airport suspends flights, reports of unidentified object

Russian airport suspends flights, reports of 'Unidentified Object'

Several domestic flights bound for St Petersburg have returned. (Represent)


Russia’s Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg temporarily suspended all flights on Tuesday morning before restarting them amid unconfirmed Russian media reports of an unidentified object such as a drone in the air. area.

The Russian second city government announced the closure on its official Telegram channel without giving a reason for the suspension.

Russian news agencies reported later on Tuesday that flights had resumed and a temporary ban on the airspace within a 200 km (124 mi) radius of Pulkovo was lifted at 12:00 local time. (09:00 GMT).

The RIA Novosti news agency earlier reported, citing a source in the city’s emergency services, that an unidentified object had been detected, prompting the initial closure.

Unconfirmed media reports from two Russian online news agencies report that fighter jets have been dispatched to investigate. Then they said that the jet had not found anything.

There was no official comment on what caused the disruption or on how the alleged unidentified subject was investigated.

Data from the FlightRadar24 website shows some flights headed for St. Petersburg returned to their destination early Tuesday, while the airspace closure also appeared to affect flights en route to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, which requires planes to fly over St. .

By 12:00 local time, flights were continuing to fly towards St. Petersburg, the website FlightRadar24 said.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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