There were employees of the State Security Committee of Belarus on board the plane, which made an emergency landing in Minsk. This opinion was expressed by Michael O’Leary, executive director of the Irish airline Ryanair, on Monday, May 24.
“I can’t talk about it in detail, because at the moment the EU and NATO authorities are dealing with this issue. It seems that the authorities (of Belarus – Ed.) were aiming at the detention of the journalist and his companion. We believe that several security officers also got off the plane at the airport,” he told Newstalk radio.
Michael O’Leary also added that the report of an explosive device on board the airliner was “an act of state-sponsored piracy.
Earlier in the day, the Latvian airline airBaltic decided not to conduct flights over the territory of Belarus. State Secretary to the French Foreign Ministry, Clément Bont, also stated on this day that Paris allows “closing of airspace of Belarus.
The day before, Ryanair airline plane, flying from Athens to Vilnius, grounded in Minsk airport due to a bomb threat. According to journalists, the message of a bomb threat was sent to the e-mail center at the airport. Belarusian Air Force MiG-29 fighter aircraft was airborne to escort the plane.
Later that day, the plane took off from Minsk and landed in Vilnius. There were about 170 passengers from 12 countries on board the plane.