Russia: ‘Unknown item’ above St Petersburg airport required suspension of flights

    Pulkovo airport terminal building facade view from the street, day. Russia, Saint Petersburg June 2021

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    Russia has reopened its airspace over St Petersburg after an ‘unknown’ flying object was spotted in the sky.

    All flights at Pulkovo Airport, located some 14 miles south of the city centre, were temporarily suspended today.

    Reports on social media have identified the object as a drone, but this is yet to be confirmed.

    Authorities said on their official Telegram channel that all flights flights have been halted until midday local time.

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    A plane that departed from Kaliningrad turned back (Picture:

    But no reason was provided for the sudden suspension, or an official comment on what caused the disruption. 

    Data from the Flight Radar website showed a number of domestic flights headed for St Petersburg turning back to their destinations.

    The airspace between Moscow and St Petersburg appeared to be empty including all traffic to Kaliningrad.

    According to online Russian news outlet Baza, fighter jets had been dispatched to investigate the UFO.

    But flights have now resumed flying towards St Petersburg, the Flight Radar website showed.

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