British authorities have searched a Russian Aeroflot plane at London’s Heathrow airport without providing any reasons for the inspection, Russia’s Embassy in Britain says, describing the incident as a “provocation” and in breach of international law.
“Today, we have witnessed another blatant provocation by the British authorities,” the embassy said in a statement on Friday. “Border Force and Customs officers have searched the aircraft that was conducting the Aeroflot flights 2582 / 2583, Moscow – London – Moscow. This kind of event is extraordinary.”
The executives of the Russian flag carrier said the officers at Heathrow airport asked for the inspection of the plane without explanation and demanded that the crew leave the plane before the search.
Locking the captain in the cockpit
The captain reportedly refused to abandon the aircraft as it was against regulations to inspect an aircraft in the absence of the crew;…