UN Extends Investigation into Belarus Flight Rerouting due to Inconsistencies

The UN aviation agency said there were gaps and inconsistencies in Belarus’s account of its rerouting the aircraft as the investigation into a bomb warning aboard a Ryanair flight last May continues.

The Montreal-based agency International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said some Council members “expressed concern at the gaps in the information provided by Belarus and the inconsistencies contained in the evidence available at the time of the investigation concerning crucial aspects of the factual reconstruction of the events.”

The agency’s 36-member board “requested the ICAO investigation team to continue its work” after reviewing its fact-finding investigation of the incident.

Meanwhile, President Alexander Lukashenko and other Belarusian authorities insisted the plane was diverted to Minsk because of the threat of a bomb on board.

Last week, the US Justice Department named two Belarusian officials accused of organizing the plot in an unprecedented judicial move just as tensions rise between the United States and Belarus ally Russia.

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