Diverting flights after targeting Moscow with an attempted drone strike
MOSCOW, July 4 (IANS) Media reports say that at least 10 flights bound for Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport have been redirected, after the Russian capital was targeted with an attempted drone strike.
The state-run Tass news agency quoted an emergency service official as saying that two drones were intercepted in Novaya Moskva, an administrative district of Moscow, and a third in the Kaluga region, southwest of the Russian capital.
According to initial reports, three drones were heading toward Moscow at different times. “Two of them were jammed in Novaya Moskva and the third in the Kaluga region,” the official told TASS, adding that no injuries or damage were immediately reported.
The official also said that emergency services are currently working at the scene of the accident in the village of Valujevo, where the wreckage of a drone landed.
Meanwhile, the official added, reports of another drone crash near Kubinka, where there is an air base, have been verified.
Vnukovo Airport, located 28 kilometers southwest of Moscow, confirmed in a statement that the 10 flights had been redirected to the capital’s other airports, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo.
But she did not provide any other details.
Tuesday’s incident comes months after the alleged drone attack on the Kremlin.
Russia has accused Ukraine of carrying out the May 2 attack aimed at assassinating President Vladimir Putin.