The Northwest Territories Minister of Infrastructure says a plane carrying Russians landed in Yellowknife on Tuesday on its way to the Arctic Circle.
Diane Archie told Congress Wednesday that the plane was heading for Resolute in the Nunavut Territory, with people planning a land expedition in a large all-terrain vehicle.
Canada closed the airspace of Russian-owned or operated aircraft on Sunday following President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine.
Archie says federal authorities were informed about the landing, which was being investigated by Transport Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency.
Transport Canada said in a statement late Wednesday that the charter plane that landed in Yellowknife was carrying two Russian foreigners.
Transport Canada has stated that it will consider whether there was a breach of a recently announced notice banning owned, nautical charts, or certified Russian aircraft from operating in Canadian airspace.
“Potential outcomes and enforcement measures are factually determined,” the Ministry of Transport said in an email.
“All travelers arriving in Canada are subject to rigorous screening measures and must prove that they meet immigration requirements.”