Final ICAO report on Ryanair landing postponed until 2022

Ryanair plane landing in Minsk on May 23, 2021. Photo: AFP

The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has postponed consideration of the final report on the forced landing of Ryanair aircraft in Minsk until January 2022, as reported on Twitter.

The Ryanair investigation report consideration has been postponed several times already. The last time the report was promised to be considered was November 12, when all the necessary information was collected.

However, the ICAO Council has now decided to postpone consideration of the report until its next session in January 2022. This decision is the large volume of data provided and the need for additional explanations from the state.

On May 23, Ryanair aircraft made an emergency landing in Minsk after the crew received information about “mines” from the Belarusian air traffic controllers. The blogger Raman Pratasevich, who was on this flight, and his girlfriend Sofia Sapiega were detained. The plane’s forced landing was provoked by the Belarusian secret services precisely to capture the opposition blogger.

Ryanair incident caused an international scandal: politicians, diplomats, and international organizations condemned the actions of the Belarusian authorities. The Athens-Vilnius flight incident resulted in the imposition of harsh sanctions against the Lukashenka regime.