Flight reportedly carrying Snowden lands in Moscow

Updated: 2013-06-23 23:37


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MOSCOW - An Aeroflot flight reportedly carrying a former National Security Agency contractor sought by the United States for revealing classified surveillance programs landed at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday.

Flight SU213 from Hong Kong landed at Terminal F at 17:05 Moscow time (1305 GMT), but the airport could not verify information that Edward Snowden was on the plane, airport press officer Roman Genis told Xinhua.

Passengers are required to pass through customs and a passport control zone before entering the arrivals area of the terminal. Some passengers from SU213 flight said they had no idea whether Snowden, 29, was on their plane.

Snowden didn't obtain a Russian visa but he might not have to spend the night in the transit zone waiting for the next flight, the Interfax news agency reported.

A car from the Venezuelan embassy in Moscow might pick him up at the gangway and bring him to the embassy, then return him to the airport for a Havana-bound flight early Monday, local media reported.

The Russian Foreign Ministry had said earlier Sunday that Snowden might be aboard a transit flight headed to Moscow from Hong Kong.