Plane diverted to Boston lands in Israel

US police arrest Israeli who tried to enter cockpit on Delta flight; staff: Incident not terrorism-related.

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April 25, 2009 08:01
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An airliner carrying 206 people from New York to Tel Aviv, which was diverted from its destination and landed in Boston on Friday after a rowdy passenger attempted to force his way into the cockpit, landed in Israel on Saturday evening. According to Army Radio, the passenger who tried to enter the cockpit is an Israeli man in his twenties, who apparently had a panic attack. He was arrested by police in Boston and is being interrogated. The Delta plane landed in the Logan International Airport on Friday after other passengers managed to subdue him, Boston media cited by a Reuters report said. Airport staff said the incident was not terrorism related. Two weeks ago IAF jets were scrambled to a Delta aircraft making its way to Israel after it lost contact with the control tower at Ben Gurion Airport. The airport declared an emergency situation when an American Delta Airlines plane from New York carrying 105 passengers was feared to have been hijacked after the pilot failed to make contact with ground staff. Air Force pilots approached the plane and received information that a technical malfunction had prevented the pilot from speaking to the control tower.

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