Skip to comments.Israeli jets scramble to escort Delta flight
Posted on 04/11/2009 2:00:40 PM PDT by I Hate Obama
JERUSALEM Israeli fighter jets were scrambled to escort a Delta Air Lines plane flying from New York to Tel Aviv after the pilot activated a hijacking alert by mistake.
Transportation ministry official, Dani Shenar, told Israeli media Saturday that nobody was hurt in the incident.
He said two jets hovered briefly over the plane carrying over 100 people and escorted it safely to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.
A technical malfunction had prevented the pilot from communicating with the airport's control tower.
The transportation ministry said it will launch an investigation.
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Maybe they should move the hijack transponder code (7500) a little further from the loss of communications code (7600.) Make it two digits different instead of one. Might save a few hundred lives someday.
Israeli fighters can hover? Wow!
"A technical malfunction had prevented the pilot from communicating with the airport's control tower."
Note: The following news brief is a quote:
Sun., April 12, 2009 Nisan 18, 5769
Israel Time: 01:45 (EST+7
Fighter jet scrambled after false hijack alarm
A Delta Airlines plane was escorted to Ben-Gurion International Airport by an Israel Air Force fighter plane yesterday afternoon after its pilot accidentally activated an anti-hijacking warning system while entering Israeli airspace. The plane, which was carrying 105 people, was delayed in the air for 10 minutes before being permitted to land, after it was established that the alarm was false. Dani Shenar, chief of security for the Transportation Ministry, updated Minister Yisrael Katz on the incident in real time. The Transportation Ministry said it would investigate the incident in the coming days. (Zohar Blumenkrantz)
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