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Swiss fighters grounded during hijacking as outside office hours
Agence France Presse (AFP) ^

Posted on 02/17/2014 12:04:39 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki

Geneva — No Swiss fighter jets were scrambled Monday when an Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacked his own plane and forced it to land in Geneva, because it happened outside business hours, the Swiss airforce said.

When the co-pilot on flight ET-702 from Addis Ababa to Rome locked himself in the cockpit while the pilot went to the bathroom and announced a hijacking, Italian and French fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane through their respective airspaces.

But although the co-pilot-turned-hijacker quickly announced he wanted to land the plane in Switzerland, where he later said he aimed to seek asylum, Switzerland's fleet of F-18s and F-5 Tigers remained on the ground, Swiss airforce spokesman Laurent Savary told AFP.

This, he explained, was because the Swiss airforce is only available during office hours. These are reported to be from 8am until noon, then 1:30 to 5pm.

"Switzerland cannot intervene because its airbases are closed at night and on the weekend," he said, adding: "It's a question of budget and staffing."

Monday's hijacking, carried out by 31-year-old Hailemedehin Abera Tagegn, according to Addis Ababa, took place in the very early hours, with the aircraft and its 202 passengers and crew landing safely in Geneva at 6:02 am (0502 GMT).

That was just two minutes after the airport opened for business, and two hours before the Swiss airforce is operational.

Savary said Switzerland relies heavily on deals with its neighbours, especially France, to help police its airspace outside regular office hours.

He explained that French fighters can escort a suspicious aircraft into Swiss airspace, "but there is no question of shooting it down. It's a question of national sovereignty".

Swiss airspace is under constant electronic surveillance, he pointed out, adding that the wealthy Alpine nation is also studying the

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KEYWORDS: airforce; airplanehijacking; ethiopiaairline; ethiopiaplane; hijacking; planehijack; switzerland

A F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft of the Swiss Air Force takes off on February 20, 2013 at Payerne airport (AFP/File, Fabrice Coffrini)

1 posted on 02/17/2014 12:04:39 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

If the SWISS commander’s watch stops, do the planes remain grounded until it is fixed? Just asking.


2 posted on 02/17/2014 12:09:53 PM PST by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

So if you want to attack Switzerland, do it after hours or on a holiday.


3 posted on 02/17/2014 12:10:12 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: CaptainAmiigaf

If it’s a Swiss-made watch, it will rarely stop. Can’t beat the Swiss at watch-making.....


4 posted on 02/17/2014 12:11:15 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Even the Swiss air force works “banker’s hours”.


5 posted on 02/17/2014 12:12:17 PM PST by Tallguy
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To: sukhoi-30mki

“Please leave a message and we’ll return fire during normal business hours. Thank you for choosing Switzerland for your conquest needs!”


6 posted on 02/17/2014 12:12:29 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking; Jet Jaguar
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So if you want to attack Switzerland, do it after hours, or on a holiday.

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7 posted on 02/17/2014 12:12:31 PM PST by LucyT
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living....................


8 posted on 02/17/2014 12:14:18 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

He wants asylum?! Right, he should make a fine upstanding citizen!


9 posted on 02/17/2014 12:15:52 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Mears

bfl


10 posted on 02/17/2014 12:17:06 PM PST by Mears
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To: Still Thinking

You can’t attack Switzerland after hours or during a holiday.

It’s CLOSED.

Helloooooo.....didn’t you read the article?


11 posted on 02/17/2014 12:17:24 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: FReepers
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12 posted on 02/17/2014 12:17:56 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: CaptainAmiigaf

“We are sorry, you are attempting to invade outside normal invasion hours. Please halt your invasion and try again when soldiers are available to kill you.”


13 posted on 02/17/2014 12:20:20 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Still Thinking
Thank you for choosing Switzerland for your conquest needs!”

LOL! "We know you have a choice when conquering..."
14 posted on 02/17/2014 12:21:55 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: AppyPappy

“What if they gave a war and nobody came?”


15 posted on 02/17/2014 12:22:47 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The fighter pilots must have a darn good union.


16 posted on 02/17/2014 12:23:51 PM PST by moovova
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To: andyk

LOL XD


17 posted on 02/17/2014 12:25:17 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

the 35-hour work-week will end war on earth


18 posted on 02/17/2014 12:26:00 PM PST by PGR88
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To: PGR88

Well, at least for 133 hours out of each week!


19 posted on 02/17/2014 12:27:43 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Army Air Corps
“We are sorry, you are attempting to invade outside normal invasion hours. Please halt your invasion and try again when soldiers are available to kill you.”

Si la invasión de México, o de otros países de habla española, marque "1"

20 posted on 02/17/2014 12:28:57 PM PST by PGR88
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Switzerland has F18s? Last I heard, their air force was made up of ME-109s and B17s that landed there by mistake.


21 posted on 02/17/2014 12:34:47 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: sukhoi-30mki

This reminds me of an old Candid Camera where the show parked official cars at some lightly traveled New Jersey border, telling would be entrants into the state that “New Jersey was closed”.


22 posted on 02/17/2014 12:38:09 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: PGR88
the 35-hour work-week will end war on earth

*SOB* we only get 29. *sniffle* *sniffle*

23 posted on 02/17/2014 12:43:36 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Dr. Sivana
If you're referring to the "Candid Camera" trick that was pulled approximately 50 years ago, it was Delaware that was closed for spring cleaning.

A lady asked if New Jersey was open, and she was told that it was.

"Then I'll go to New Jersey," she said.

24 posted on 02/17/2014 12:43:45 PM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
No Swiss fighter jets were scrambled Monday

I don't see what the big deal was. The Ethiopian pilot was obviously skilled enough to fly so one can assume he can land too. considering he was from Ethiopia, my guess is he really wanted a good Swiss meatball dinner.......and was willing to go to prison for it.

25 posted on 02/17/2014 12:45:47 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
co-pilot... locked himself in the cockpit while the pilot went to...

Mighty nice of the co-pilot to squawk the hijacking code on the aircraft's transponder. I suppose he should be commended for rying to be helpful!

26 posted on 02/17/2014 12:54:43 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: LucyT

The amazes me.


27 posted on 02/17/2014 1:00:38 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

specificity...


28 posted on 02/17/2014 1:01:01 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: kingattax

Check this out!


29 posted on 02/17/2014 1:01:42 PM PST by left that other site
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To: Publius

I suspect the same stunt was pulled more than once. I wasn’t watching the show 50 years ago.


31 posted on 02/17/2014 1:09:16 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Swiss Air Force Office Hours 8am-12pm, 1:30 pm-5pm.

I sure hope the answering machine is able to take care of attacks after hours.

Surprised the swiss even broadcast the fact their defense forces are only active a few hours a day and there’s nothing they will do outside of those hours.


32 posted on 02/17/2014 1:27:29 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

your tag:

they are sluts. they do it for free. WHORES are the ones that do it for money.


33 posted on 02/17/2014 1:28:25 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Still Thinking

Brilliant plan, won’t be surprised when the USA follow suit


34 posted on 02/17/2014 1:33:19 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Why does the name "Fenwick" come to mind...?

5.56mm

35 posted on 02/17/2014 1:54:09 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Still Thinking

German General: “Our army outnumbers yours five to one! What would you do if we invaded?”

Swiss General: “Our our people would fire five shots, then go home!”

German General: “ What if we attack after hours?”

Swiss General: “You would win with no losses!”


36 posted on 02/17/2014 2:10:50 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Reminds me of an episode of “Yes,Prime Minister”,an excellent BBC comedy from the 80’s.In it the Prime Minister is discussing the British military’s weaknesses with an aide.At one point the PM says to the aide something like “so,in essence,if the Russians attack us we’d rather that they do it sometime between Monday to Friday”.


37 posted on 02/17/2014 2:53:27 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama: "I can do whatever I want")
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To: Secret Agent Man
they are sluts. they do it for free. WHORES are the ones that do it for money.

This is an actual quotation from her, so it doesn't matter if it is truthful or not for purposes of the tag line. I include it because you have a problem if you have to publicly declare that you are not a slut."
38 posted on 02/17/2014 3:05:02 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: Dr. Sivana

you were thinking what i was. when you have to say what you are or aren’t, you know they’re the opposite.


39 posted on 02/17/2014 5:13:21 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Still Thinking
So if you want to attack Switzerland, do it after hours or on a holiday.

Such is only allowed by appointment. If you want to leave a call back number, press 1.

40 posted on 02/18/2014 7:55:41 AM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: left that other site

:).....how about that ?


41 posted on 02/18/2014 3:35:36 PM PST by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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