The Air India flight decided to turn back to Delhi after the notice to airmen, was sent to all flights heading to Ukraine.
An Air India aircraft flying to Ukraine to bring home Indians turned back to home, after Ukraine said it has closed its airspace amid Russian military invasions in its eastern breakaway areas. Thousands of Indians are waiting to fly back home from Ukraine during a conflict with Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin this morning allowed Russian special forces to operate in two separatist areas in Ukraine, which Russia on Monday recognised as independent nations.
The government said alternate evacuation routes are being activated. With the military operations being done in eastern Ukraine, commercial flights would be at a high risk due to the chaotic airspace, which would likely be crowded with military anti-aircraft activity.