American aircraft performing an observation flight under the Treaty on Open Skies has emergency landed at the airport in Khabarovsk, told RIA Novosti a source in the enforcement agencies of the region.
The plane was flying from Ulan-Ude in Yakutsk. After takeoff one of the gears malfunctioned and it was decided that unscheduled landing will be conducted at the airport in Khabarovsk. The landing was successful, said the source of the agency.
From the airport confirmed the information. “A foreign aircraft made a forced landing in Khabarovsk. All emergency ground services have arrived on site. The flight landed safely at 3 P.M. local time,” commented airport officials.
In the territorial management of the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) for the Far Eastern Federal District said to RIA Novosti that they do not comment on situations of military aircraft accidents.
Earlier it became clear that from 25 to July 30 a US mission will conduct an observation flight over the territory of Russia with a plane Boeing OC-135B.
The Treaty on Open Skies was adopted by 27 countries in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 1992 in Helsinki. The document suggests mutual observation flights, allowing the tracking the movements of troops on the territories of participating countries.
Currently involved in the contract are 34 countries. Russia has ratified the agreement on May 26, 2001.