Finland suspects airspace breach by Canadian helicopter

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Finland’s Ministry of Defence says the helicopter took off from a frigate in the Baltic Sea and flew over waters south of Utö island, which is in Finnish territory. (Yle News)
Finland’s Ministry of Defence says that it suspects a Canadian helicopter flew into Finnish airspace south of the country’s archipelago. The airspace violation allegedly took place at 3:50 pm on Monday, according to the ministry.

A Canadian helicopter allegedly breached Finnish airspace on Monday afternoon, according to Finland’s Ministry of Defence.

The ministry says the copter took off from a frigate in the Baltic Sea and flew over waters south of Utö island, which is in Finnish territory.

Monday’s incident is being investigated by Finland’s Border Guard as a suspected territorial violation, the ministry said.

There was a recent Finnish airspace incursion by NATO aircraft – two Spanish Hornet F-18 fighter jets – at the beginning of August. That violation reportedly took place south of Upinniemi. The peninsula in Kirkkonummi, west of Helsinki, is the site of a navy base.

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