Cyprus News | Scrambled Reason For RAF Typhoon Jet Scramble

Cyprus News | Scrambled Reason For RAF Typhoon Jet ScrambleCyprus News | Scrambled Reason For RAF Typhoon Jet Scramble

According to the Famagusta Gazette, RAF Typhoons based at Akrotiri, Cyprus, which provide the island’s air defence following the Syrian crisis, nearly tangled with Turkish jets in a close encounter on Sept. 2.  It apears that Turkey scrambled two F-16 fighter jets from Incirlik airbase, to intercept the British Typhoons they say were violating north Cyprus airspace. The newspaper says the UK Ministry of Defence and Cyprus Defence Minister confirmed the incident, however it’s not clear who responded to who. Confusingly, it appears that the RAF Typhoons were scrambled to investigate suspicious activity and “the Turkish jets took off from Incirlik air base in Turkey, in order to intercept the British planes….the British planes had returned to Akrotiri by time the Turkish jets arrived in northern Cyprus airspace.”

The dispute over the Turkish occupied northern part of Cyprus is reflected by active NOTAMs (Notice To Airmen):

“NAVIGATIONAL WARNING TO ALL CONCERNED REFERENCE IS MADE TO TURKISH NOTAM A2652/05 AND WISH TO STATE THAT THE SO-CALLED ERCAN AIRPORT (LCEN) IS AN UNAUTHORISED AIRPORT OPERATING IN THE OCCUPIED BY TURKEY NORTHERN PART OF THE ISLAND OF CYPRUS (CYPRUS AIC A06/02 REFERS). CYPRUS GOVERNMENT AS THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY AND THE ONLY RECOGNISED GOVERNMENT HAS NEVER REGISTERED ABBREVIATION CODE LCEN WITH ICAO. THEREFORE THIS CODE AND THIS ILLEGAL AIRPORT SHOULD NOT BE USED. 24 NOV 14:30 2005 UNTIL PERM. CREATED: 24 NOV 14:53 2005”

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