Ryanair Flight 4978
Ryanair Flight 4978 was an international scheduled passenger flight from Athens International Airport, Greece, to Vilnius Airport, Lithuania. On 23 May 2021, explosives were falsely reported on board the aircraft as it neared Lithuanian airspace. The aircraft was forced to land by a Belarusian fighter jet when it was over Belarusian airspace. It landed at Minsk National Airport, on the orders of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
On August 9, 2021, head of the Minsk National Airport Vyacheslav Khoroneko was put in the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List of the USA. He got a punishment as a person who made it possible to land the flight there.
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