Wow…I don’t think anyone saw this coming. A United Airlines flight that was headed to Shanghai out of San Francisco was force to reroute it’s path. All the passengers heard overhead from the pilot was that the plane was not going to be allowed to fly through Russian airspace.
Creepy announcement to hear all the sudden right?
Several of the passengers tweeted about the incident, stating what the pilot referenced as the reasoning for their change in plans.
On @United 857 enroute to PVG, diverted to NRT. Captain: Due to diplomatic reasons, Russia denied access to air space. Now refuelling
— brianlinca (@brianlinca) April 12, 2017
— Rǫgnvaldr ór Moskviæ (@1stChairmanMeow) April 12, 2017
Due to this sudden change in their travel plans the flight arrival time was delayed, as it was forced to stop and refuel at Tokyo’s Narita airport.
The delayed flight eventually found it’s way to Shanghai, however it arrived 3 hours late.
The Daily Caller said a spokesman for United Airlines confirmed the flight was re-routed but did not explain why. The spokesman said the airline is seeking a reason why the flight could not fly in Russian airspace.
One incident involving international airspace near Russia’s Pacific coast was reported near the time the United flight was rerouted. Japanese fighter jets scrambled Tuesday after six Russian aircraft flew near airspace claimed by Japan.
Two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers were spotted before Japan sent its jets airborne. Russia then sent two Ilyushin Il-38 fighters near the coast of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island.
It is not known if there was any connection between the two incidents.
As you probably already know (if you don’t, how?) tensions between the United States and Russia have been getting hearted since the attack by the United States on a Syrian airfield. Now, this attack was in response of course to Syria’s use of chemical weapons that was used against its own people and left devastation and anguish in the destruction caused.
We have known that Russia is allied with Syria…because they want access to the natural resources and all that stuff. However, their cold reaction what Assad had done to his own people was too much to take in. That is an alliance that has many others questioning the integrity of Russia and their real intentions now.
It was not too long ago that Russia was given a round of applause by Obama’s people for ensuring that all chemical weapons were removed from Syria. Obviously, that wasn’t true.
In 2014, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev discussed the concept of responding to sanctions against Russia by not allowing Western airlines to use Russian airspace. No action was taken on that proposal.
Commercial flights between the U.S. and Russia have continued as scheduled despite the increased tensions between the two countries.
It is not entirely clear what diplomatic concerns may have forced the diversion. The most obvious explanation would be the tense relationship between the U.S. and Russia over Syria’s use of chemical weapons during an attack on April 4.
The White House said on Tuesday that the Russian government has engaged in a cover-up to shift blame from the Syrian regime for the attacks, which involved the use of sarin gas and killed 100 people. Syria and Russia are allies.
As of right now, it is still unclear as to whether or not any other flights have re-routed or if these diversions are only temporary or not. However, either way…it appears that Russia wants to play petty.
It’s only feeding into the minds of people that are concerned we will go into war with Russia. Again.
We could right? I mean, with Putin it’s a matter of pride, and never what is best for the people, so I wouldn’t put it past him. The issue would be that we are so depleted, that militarily we are at a disadvantage right now. Doesn’t mean they would beat us, but it would be a dog fight. And if Russia attacks us, Iran, China and North Korea will join them most likely.
Of course, China would have to take a long hard look at their pros and cons if they decided to do that….so they may not.
Pray for our president, our military and our country.
It’s our duty.
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