El Al Flight Escorted By Fighter Jets Following Bomb Threat
Photo courtesy of El Al Israel Airlines
Officials announced Tuesday that an El Al Israel Airlines plane en route to Tel Aviv from New York was escorted by two Swiss Air Force fighter jets following an anonymous bomb threat.
Despite the threat, the El Al plane managed to land safely at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.
According to RT.com, Israel's Foreign Ministry said the bomb threat indicated there was an explosive device inside an airplane kitchenette and was received by the United States aviation body. The American officials notified Swiss authorities while the plane was flying over the country, which then scrambled the two fighter jets to escort the plane.
The two fighter jets intercepted El Al Flight LY002 over the Swiss-French border and followed the Boeing 747 until it left Swiss airspace. The fighter jets then returned to their bases and the plane continued on to Israel.
Once the aircraft landed at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv at 12:44 p.m. local time, the El Al flight was searched by authorities, but no explosive device was found on board. Israel's Foreign Ministry officials said the plane was “clean” following a thorough search.
One of the fighter jets trailing the plane was photographed and shared on Twitter:
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