Turkish coast guard aircraft carried out two overflights of the Greek islet of Panagia

A Turkish coast guard CN-235 aircraft carried out two overflights of the Greek islet of Panagia, a part of the Oinousses island complex, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

According to the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDGS), the Turkish plane entered the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR) north of the Greek island of Chios without submitting flight plans, in an infringement of air traffic regulations in the Athens FIR at 3:38 on Thursday morning.

One minute later, the aircraft flew over the islet Panagia at a height of 3,400 feet and at 3:40 exited the Athens FIR. The same aircraft then entered the Athens FIR once more, again without submitting flight plans, at 5:32 and once again flew over Panagia at the same altitude, leaving the Athens FIR one minute later. The Turkish CN-235 was identified by a Greek fighter jet.

It is believed that the Dutch frigate HNLMS De Ruyter, currently operating north of Chios as part of the NATO mission in the Aegean, also became aware of the Turkish aircraft’s illegal activities.