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French plane diverted after Russia closes airspace

A picture taken on June 1, 2012 at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy-en-France, outside Paris shows Air France planes. AFP PHOTO/JOEL SAGET

BERLIN: Air France says a plane carrying 495 passengers and 22 crew was diverted on its way from Shanghai to Paris after Russia announced at short notice that part of its airspace was closed for a military exercise.

The company said flight AF111 was forced to land in Hamburg, Germany, early Wednesday to refuel because the plane had too little fuel on board to complete the flight following its detour.

Hamburg Airport confirmed that the plane landed shortly after 6 a.m. (0500 GMT) and was able to take off for Paris again after an hour and a half.

It wasn't immediately clear if Russia's military exercise was linked to the increased troop activity on its western border with Ukraine.

 

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