According to Interfax, citing a source in air traffic control services, a Boeing 737 plane flying from Belarus to Turkey sent a distress signal over the Voronezh region.
“Now the liner is heading to Voronezh, where it is expected to make an emergency landing”, - Kommersant notes.
The aircraft with tail number EW-455PA joined Belavia's fleet only 5 years ago. Previously, it has not been exploited anywhere.
Earlier, many European countries banned the Belarusian airline Belavia from flying over their territory. This was part of a package of sanctions imposed after the forced landing of an Irish company Ryanair in Minsk and the subsequent hijacking of the editor of the opposition telegram channel Nexta, Roman Protasevich, who was on board.
EU and US officials have accused the Lukashenka regime of air piracy. After that, many European airlines stopped using the airspace of Belarus for flights, considering the country as unsafe on a par with North Korea.
Update from 12:24 pm. According to RIA Novosti , the Belavia plane sent a distress signal after the pressure sensor was triggered. According to other sources, one of the engines in which the oil overheated failed.
According to the emergency services representative, the airliner landed safely at the Domodedovo airport.