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Turkish military plane flies low over Greek island

VASSILIS NEDOS

TAGS: Defense

A Turkish military transport plane on Tuesday morning descended to an altitude of just 110 feet over a Greek island in the eastern Aegean in a second day of overflights.

The Turkish CN235 was captured on Greek radars flying some 30 meters above the islet of Panagia, which is part of the Oinousses island cluster east of Chios.

There is a permanent Greek military presence on the small island and Turkish overflights are a regular occurrence, though not always at such low altitudes.

On Monday, two pairs of Turkish F-4 fighter jets violated Greek air space between the eastern Aegean islands of Lesvos and Chios.

The first pair flew at a low altitude of 3,000 feet over the islets of Makronisi and Anthropofagoi at 1.57 p.m., while shortly afterward a second pair flew twice over Agathonisi and the islet of Kouneli.

The incidents were the latest in a string of violations amid increased tensions between the two countries.

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