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Eurocontrol UK Flight Plan Data as released to the Council of Europe

Subject: Eurocontrol UK Flight Plan Data as released to the Council of Europe

Published: 7 June 2006

Eurocontrol UK Flight Plan Data as released to the Council of Europe - explanatory note:

On 7 April the Government published flight plan data received from Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, concerning the movement of certain US aircraft into or out of UK aerodromes since 1 January 2001. This data had previously been released by Eurocontrol to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to assist with its enquiry into allegations of "extraordinary rendition" flights operating within Europe. It provided information on the aircraft's type, registration number, date and time of flight, point of origin and destination and recorded user's name. It did not however contain information about any passengers on board or the purpose of the flight.

Since the disclosure of that initial flight plan data, the Council of Europe's enquiry broadened to include investigations into a number of additional US registered aircraft. Further flight plan information was therefore sought from Eurocontrol concerning the movement of these newly identified aircraft to and from European aerodromes.

In complying with the Council of Europe's latest request for information, Eurocontrol prepared two tables of flight plan data, drawn from its Central Flow Management Office and Central Route Charge Office databases respectively. The flight plan information previously released to the Council of Europe enquiry was also added to these two new tables. The UK relevant part of this information has now been copied to the Department for Transport and, in accordance with the Government's policy of openness and transparency in this matter the Secretary of State has decided to release this new Eurocontrol data into the public domain.

It should be reiterated that the new flight plan information contained in the attached tables has been compiled from data held by Eurocontrol. This information was not previously in the possession of the Government. Further, the data provides no evidence that the flights identified were involved in the rendition of prisoners, simply that flight plans for the flights concerned were filed.

Since before 11th September 2001, we have worked closely with the US to achieve our shared goal of fighting terrorism. As part of that close co-operation, we have made clear to the US authorities, including in recent months:

  • that we expect them to seek permission to render detainees via UK territory and airspace (including Overseas Territories);
  • that we will grant permission only if we are satisfied that the rendition would accord with UK law and our international obligations, and
  • how we understand our obligations under the UN Convention Against Torture.

CRCO Data for EG: Flight period 01/12/2001 - 14/04/2005 (59 kb)

Eurocontrol UK Flight Plan Data as released to the Council of Europe.

Published:
07 June 2006

Flight data 1/1/01 - 31/12/05 (87 kb)

Eurocontrol UK Flight Plan Data as released to the Council of Europe.

Published:
07 June 2006

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