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Air France jet diverted after Russia closes its airspace

March 26, 2014, Berlin, Ger. - Air France says a plane carrying 495 passengers and 22 crew was diverted on its way from Shanghai to Paris after Russia announced at short notice that part of its airspace was closed for a military exercise.


March 26, 2014
By The Associated Press

The company said flight AF111 was forced to land in Hamburg, Germany,
early Wednesday to refuel because the plane had too little fuel on
board to complete the flight following its detour.

 

Hamburg Airport
confirmed that the plane landed shortly after 6 a.m. (0500 GMT) and was
able to take off for Paris again after an hour and a half.

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It
wasn't immediately clear if Russia's military exercise was linked to the
increased troop activity on its western border with Ukraine.