The news for the May 23 flight of Turkish combat aircraft over Agathonisi does not mainly focus on the fact that the aircraft possibly recorded and photographed the establishments on the island, but on the fact that for some reason the two Turkish RF-4 and the two F-16 that accompanied them stayed in the FIR (Flight Information Region) of Athens and in Greece’s national airspace for 40 minutes.
Agathonisi is a small Greek island and municipality located at the northernmost point of the Dodecanese in Greece.
According to the Hellenic National Defense General Staff, “ A formation of four Turkish fighter aircraft, consisting of two 2 RF-4 and two F-16, entered Athens FIR south of Samos and at 08:43 the two RF-4 of the formation realized an overflight above Agathonisi at an 8,000 ft altitude.”
The Hellenic National Defense General Staff announced that “The formation left Athens FIR at 09:23 from the east of Rhodes.” Therefore, the Turks were 40 minutes over Greek territory.
However, according to the NDGS announcement, all Turkish aircraft was intercepted and identified, in accordance with the international regulation and the established practice.