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Boeing 747 was intercepted by two FA-18 fighter jets over Swiss airspace
Pilots had received an anonymous threat but carried on towards Tel Aviv
A passenger jet was intercepted by fighter jets over mainland Europe this morning after pilots received a bomb threat, it has emerged.
The EL Al Boeing 747-400 was flying from JFK airport in New York to Tel Aviv in Israel when it was intercepted by two Swiss fighter jets after entering the country’s airspace this morning.
The nature of the ‘anonymous’ threat is not yet clear and the aircraft carried on its path to the Israeli city.
Authorities said the Swiss air force had scrambled F-18 aircraft to escort the plane ‘because of a bomb threat’.
According to local reports, two supersonic booms could be heard at around 8:30am in the northern Swiss canton of Schaffhausen, in German-speaking Switzerland, as the FA-18 fighter jets scrambled to reach the passenger plane.
They had taken off from the country’s Payerne air base in what was described as a ‘hot mission’.
Spokesman Vladi Barrosa of the Swiss government-run air navigation service Skyguide said French military jets had also escorted the flight prior to its entry into Swiss airspace, but did not have further details.
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