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Swiss jet pilots give visual contact support to threatened Israeli flight

Tue, Jul 05, 2016, 03:13 PM
Two Swiss Air Force jets were scrambled to escort an Israeli passenger plane en route from New York to Tel Aviv due to a bomb alert on Tuesday, according to Skyguide, a company that monitors Swiss airspace.

El Al said it had received an anonymous tip about a bomb on board flight LY002. Although it added that the plane was continuing on its way to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, it however would not say whether it was a false alarm. The company gave no further details.

There was no emergency declared at Ben Gurion.

The two Swiss fighter jets were scrambled to escort the El Al Boeing 747 airliner and to establish visual contact with the pilot, as it flew over Switzerland, Skyguide spokesman Vladi Barrosa told German news agency. Barrosa said the alarm was likely triggered by the pilots. The airplane has since left Swiss airspace.
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