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From deceit to discovery: The strange flight of 4L-AWA

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On Saturday 12 December 2009 Thai authorities seized an aircraft at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport. The Ilyushin-76 had stopped on the 11th December for refuelling while en-route from Pyongyang to Tehran, and was carrying 35 tonnes of arms and ammunition. While the media rushed to make unproven claims about the plane and alleged former owners of the aircraft, little attention was paid to the web of companies, the flight plan, and final destination.

A joint IPIS/Transarms publication.

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