767 lands safely at Ben Gurion after fear of bomb

September 24, 2008 20:18


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A passenger plane from Paris was intercepted by fighter jets and escorted to Ben Gurion International Wednesday night after information was received that there may be an explosive on board. The incident was a false alarm, and the El Al 767 landed safely at Tel Aviv. Before taking off from Paris, French authorities had checked the plane and ruled out the possibility of a bomb on board, however nevertheless it was decided, in consultation with Israeli authorities, that two French fighter jets would be dispatched to accompany the plane. As the 767 approached Greece, the French accompaniment was replaced by Greek jets, which were subsequently replaced by IAF F-15 fighter jets as the plane neared Israel. The Israeli jets took off from Tel Nof air force base.

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