IAF warplanes were scrambled Thursday to escort a passenger plane from Kazakhstan after its pilots failed to identify themselves to the control tower at Ben-Gurion Airport, Channel 2 reported Thursday night.
The plane was turned back and landed in Cyprus where the pilots were questioned for four hours. The plane was eventually allowed to return and land in Israel but the questioning resumed on the ground at Ben-Gurion.
A source told Channel 2 that the reason the pilots did not identify themselves, a required security procedure for all planes approaching Israel, was that they did not speak English.
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