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Russia says airliner had to lose height to avoid NATO spy plane

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MOSCOW (Reuters) -A Russian Aeroflot airliner flying from Tel Aviv to Moscow was forced to change altitude over the Black Sea because a NATO CL-600 reconnaissance plane crossed its designated flight path, Russia’s state aviation authority said on Saturday. The state airline said flight SU501 carrying 142 passengers had had to drop 2,000 feet on Friday after air traffic control told it that another aircraft had crossed its path. The crew were able to see the other plane when they passed in the sky, it said in a separate statement. The aviation authority, Rosaviatsia, said a smaller CL-650 aircr…

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