Russia: Plane's safety 'threatened' over Syria

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 1:00 PM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's transportation ministry says a Russian civilian airliner came under threat from fighting in Syria while flying over the country, but there were no injuries or damage to the plane.

The state news agency RIA-Novosti quoted the press service of Rosturism, the Russian state tourism authority, as saying the plane came under rocket fire Monday. But a statement on the ministry's website did not give details, saying the plane's crew saw "signs of war activity which, in the crew's opinion, threatened the safety of the plane."

Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told the ITAR-Tass news agency that the plane was carrying 159 people.

The transportation ministry said the plane, belonging to the NordWind charter airline, was flying from the Egyptian resort of Sharm-al-Sheikh to Kazan, where it landed safely.

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