“An e-mail was sent to the national airport by unidentified persons about the intention to commit a terrorist act onboard Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA)’s flight LH1487 on the Minsk-Frankfurt route,” Minsk airport reported. “The embarkation on this flight was suspended.”
The aircraft eventually departed after a two-hour delay.
On May 23, 2021, Ryanair’s Boeing 737, registered as SP-RSM, operating flight FR4978 from Athens (ATH), Greece, to Vilnius (VNO), Lithuania, was intercepted by an armed Belarusian MiG -29 fighter jet. Upon landing in Minsk (MSQ), a passenger identified as Roman Protasevich, a journalist, was arrested by the KGB, the Belarusian security services.
The move caused international outrage from Western countries, prompting a demand for sanctions against the Belarusian regime. In response to the event, several airlines preemptively began diverting flights to avoid Belarusian airspace.