Snowden suspicions force Bolivian president’s private jet to reroute
A Dassault business jet returning the Bolivian president Evo Morales from Moscow was forced to land in Vienna, after it was wrongly suspected that US surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board the aircraft.
Yesterday, Corporate Jet Investor reported PrivateFly’s belief that Snowden would be able to leave Moscow on a private jet, but angry Bolivian officials have now claimed that a number of European countries, including France, Portugal, Italy and Spain had restricted their airspace to prevent the aircraft from crossing.
France and Spain have since denied that they took such action, according to an article published by Associated Press.
The Dassault Falcon 900EX aircraft (pictured), operated by the Bolivian government, was grounded for over 10 hours, before Morales was eventually was allowed to leave at 11:30 am local time on Wednesday morning.