Russian airspace forbidden for an AF flight to HCMC

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  • Swissdiver

    Here is the news (in French):

    On November 1st, a flight from CDG to SGN had to go back to CDG after the sudden closure of the Russian airspace on that specific route. One of the possible reason would be a computer mistake. Did you experience such a thing in the past? Could it really be just a bug? I find that piece of information awkward…


    Once flying MXP to Bucharest we had to divert slightly due to the war in ex Yugoslavia. Swiss and Lufthansa also regularly alter their route to avoid Libya but I’ve never experienced anything like your post Swissdiver.


    From the flight history on af289 it looks like someone at AF made a mistake and routed the flight much further north than normal. This is closer to the great circle route. The history of AF289 shows usually the plane flys over the Black Sea from Romanian airspace. Im guessing they usually ignore the great circle route to avoid the charges for overflying Russia.

    On the 1st it turned back over Belarusian airspace so was following the GC route.

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