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Swiss Fighter Jets Scramble After El Al Bomb Threat

El Al plane (Photo: flickr/stmaartenpiloot)

An El Al flight from New York to Israel was the target of a bomb scare. The Times of Israel reports that French and Swiss fighters were forced to escort the jetliner after a bomb threat was received:

Switzerland and France scrambled military jets on Tuesday to accompany an El Al flight as it passed through their airspace after US authorities received a telephone bomb threat about a possible explosive stashed aboard the plane.

The threat turned out to be a hoax, El Al officials said.

El Al flight LY002, which took off from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport late Monday local time, landed safely at Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday afternoon.

Families who were informed of developments as the plane made its way across Europe were on hand at the airport to receive the passengers.

Many were rattled by the news, they told Army Radio. It took hours for authorities to confirm the scare was a hoax, leaving Israeli relatives afraid for the lives of family members. Several family members wept as they embraced the arrivals.

The anonymous call was made to US authorities after the plane was airborne, according to Israel’s Foreign Ministry. The bomb was said to have been smuggled aboard and hidden in the plane’s kitchen...

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