Belarusian air traffic controllers refused to contact the pilots of the Ryanair plane diverted to Minsk after a report about a suspected bomb, Reuters reported, citing a letter from the carrier that came to their disposal.
The document was sent to the Ministry of Transport of Belarus on May 26. In it, the CEO of Ryanair called the previous correspondence received from officials of the republic “false and inaccurate.” He also said that the airliner was “illegally diverted under pretenses.”
“The commander of the plane had no choice but to redirect the board to Minsk when the Minsk dispatchers notified him of a real threat of an explosion of the plane,” the publication notes.
In addition, experts, according to the letter, provided the crew with false information that Ryanair does not answer phone calls. The airline did not respond to a request for comment.