Private jet ‘impounded’ at Farnborough Airport to warn Russian oligarchs – update
A private jet believed to be linked to a Russian oligarch was impounded at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire hours before its flight to Dubai. The plane was stopped on Tuesday on the orders of Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to allow an investigation into its ties to billionaire oil tycoon Eugene Shvidler, a friend of Roman Abramovich.
A government source said Mr Shvidler was ‘free to continue his journey by other means’ after the plane was seized. The Bombardier Global 6500 jet arrived in Farnborough from the US state of New ersey on Friday March 4 and was scheduled to fly to Dubai on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Shapps revoked his foreign carrier licence, meaning he could not legally carry passengers. He then issued a flight restriction order which grounded the aircraft.
The jet is registered in Luxembourg with a company called Global Jet Luxembourg, but private jet ownership is often complicated by the involvement of third parties. He will only be allowed to leave Farnborough if no link with Russia is established, the source added.
It is unlikely to happen on Wednesday. The investigation into its ownership and operation has been launched on the advice of Attorney General Suella Braverman and is being assisted by the National Crime Agency.
Mr Shapps told airports on Tuesday he could order them to detain Russian planes and that he had the power to order the Civil Aviation Authority to end the registration of planes belonging to Russians. sanctioned persons.
A private jet belonging to Chelsea Football Club owner Mr Abramovich is believed to have left Stansted Airport in Essex for Basel in Switzerland last week before all Russian-linked planes were banned from flying British airspace. The Boeing 767 was nicknamed The Bandit because of its black stripes near the cockpit window.