In the coming weeks, the UN will be ready to submit a report on the landing of an airliner with Protasevich on board in the Belarusian capital. These will be the interim results of the investigation, the full conclusions of the ICAO are planned to be made public in November.
As reported DW, ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization, announced yesterday a report on the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk and the arrest of opposition journalist Roman Protasevich. The Council of the organization, which is a specialized agency of the UN, will be informed on 13 September on the current status of the investigation, according to ICAO. If there is no objection from the board members, the intermediate results will be made public.
During the investigation, experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization traveled to Minsk to investigate the incident with the Ryanair flight, after which the opposition blogger Roman Protasevich and his companion Sophia Sapega, a Russian citizen, were detained.
The head of the ICAO group Sylvain Lefoyer, explaining the purpose of the trip to Minsk, reported earlier that he and his colleagues were able to draw up a “general picture of events”:
“Now we need to clarify a number of facts, as well as collect additional information and materials.”
A Boeing 737, flying from Athens to Vilnius, made an emergency landing in Minsk on May 23 after it was reported that the plane was mined, which later turned out to be false. After landing were detained two passengers – Roman Protasevich and Sofya Sapega. Europe strongly condemned actions of Minsk, which caused an ambiguous user reaction online. The EU Council called on European air carriers to avoid flying over the territory of Belarus, and the EU imposed sanctions on Belarusian state airlines – they are prohibited from using the airspace and airports of the EU. Later, other countries joined this ban.