The Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Belarus has published a full transcript of the recording of the dispatcher’s negotiations with the Ryanair pilot. This is reported by Tut. by.
As the publication notes, at the moment the site with the transcript is not available.
The Department said that on May 23, the Minsk airport received a letter from the addressee firstname.lastname@example.org about the threat of a terrorist attack over Vilnius. The information was passed to Belaeronavigation. The crew was informed about the received threat and recommended to land at the alternate airfield in Minsk. At the same time, the crew clarified the sources of information several times.
The department of the Belarusian Ministry of Transport also claims that the head of flights of the Minsk regional Air Traffic Control Center tried several times to call the representative office of Ryanair in Lithuania, but to no avail. The ministry added that all materials will be sent to international aviation organizations and the heads of aviation administrations of European countries.
From the statement of the Belarusian authorities, it follows that the crew of the plane independently made the decision to land at the airport of Minsk, emphasizes Tut. by. At the same time, the department did not mention the MiG-29 fighter.
On May 23, a Ryanair plane en route from Athens to Vilnius made an emergency landing in Minsk after reports of mining activity. Roman Protasevich, the creator of the NEXTA Telegram channel, who was on board, was detained.