Ten Russian planes remain stranded in Germany over sanctions

14 August 2022, 11:14 AM
Ten Russian planes are stuck in Germany (Photo:WikimediaImages/pixabay.com)

Ten Russian planes are stuck in Germany (Photo:WikimediaImages/pixabay.com)

Ten airplanes owned or controlled by Russia remain stranded in Germany because of sanctions, Germany newspaper Deutsche Welle reported on Aug. 14.

The planes have been unable to leave the country after the EU closed its airspace for Russian airplanes in late February in response to the Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

According to the report, there are three Russian Antonov AN-124 aircraft on the ground in Leipzig, a Bombardier BD-100-1A10 Challenger 300 and a Boeing 737 in Cologne, and a Boeing 747 in Frankfurt-Hahn. Another four aircraft are in Baden-Baden: a Cessna 750 Citation X, two Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 600s, and a Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS.

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The German Ministry of Transport said that “since the planes are subject to a take-off and flight ban due to the EU sanctions regime, they cannot be used by the owner and cannot be taken to another location.”

The ministry added that the Russian planes could receive only basic maintenance, for example, to protect them from unauthorized access. Any other maintenance, as well as the provision of spare parts, is prohibited.

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