IAF jets scrambled toward Blair's plane

May 23, 2008 19:30


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IAF fighter jets have been scrambled to intercept an aircraft suspected to be hostile, only to find out that it carried none other than International Mideast peace envoy Tony Blair. Blair, the former British prime minister, was flying on a private plane from the World Economic Forum summit in Sinai to an investment conference in Bethlehem on Wednesday when the plane penetrated Israeli airspace and failed to respond to control tower radio calls demanding it identify itself, a senior IDF official said. Israel scrambled two fighter jets to intercept the aircraft. They quickly established contact with the cockpit and were informed of the famous traveler on board, the official added.

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