Sweden suspected of Finnish airspace violation

A Swedish helicopter ventured into Finnish airspace last week.

A Finnish F/A-18 Hornet taking off at Pirkkala air force base. In cases of suspected airspace violations, Finland's Air Force will seek to identify the foreign aircraft. Image: Petteri Bülow / Yle

Finland says it suspects a Swedish rescue helicopter breached Finnish airspace off the coast of Vaasa on Friday.

The incursion lasted about a minute on Friday 20 November over the Kvarken archipelago, located in the narrows over the Sea of Bothnia off Vaasa.

The Finnish Border Guard is investigating the incident while the Foreign Ministry has reached out to the Swedish embassy regarding the matter.