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Austria reports "massive" airspace violation by NATO aircraft

2021-09-10T15:37:19.845Z

Austria is not a member of NATO - but works with the military alliance. Now a machine was flying a maneuver in the airspace of the country. That went decidedly too far for the government in Vienna.



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A C-17 during an older NATO exercise with parachutists (archive image from 2011)

Photo: ALESSANDRO GAROFALO / REUTERS

According to the Defense Ministry in Vienna, a NATO Boeing C-17 "massively" violated Austrian airspace.

The machine therefore flew over the Attersee near Salzburg on Friday at an altitude of 1000 meters instead of the prescribed altitude of around 10,000 meters.

A spokesman for the ministry said the plane behaved "like a wrong-way driver on a motorway" and put aviation at massive risk.

Two Austrian Eurofighters escorted the transport aircraft from the airspace to Hungary, where the C-17 fleet of the western military alliance NATO is stationed.

Such a serious airspace violation has not occurred in Austria in the past 20 years, said the spokesman.

Austria is not itself a member of NATO, but works in a special partnership with the military alliance.

mrc / dpa

Source: spiegel

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