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Saturday, May 24, 2008

IAF scrambles jets to Tony Blair's plane

The IAF scrambled jets this week after an unidentified aircraft penetrated Israeli air space and did not respond to repeated control tower calls to identify itself. It turns out that the private plane was carrying 'quartet peace envoy' Tony Blair on his way from Sharm el-Sheikh to Bethlehem.
As is common practice in such a case, the IAF scrambled two fighter jets to intercept the aircraft. They flew above Blair's plane and quickly established contact with the cockpit, whose pilot informed them of the famous traveler on board, the official added. Blair's plane apparently had a technical malfunction and could not hear the Israeli control tower's calls.

When asked about the incident, the army spokesman's office said "the air force does not comment on its operational activities."

Blair spokesman Matthew Doyle, who was also on board, said Blair and others were unaware of the drama unfolding around them and only found out about the incident when fielding calls from reporters.
Got to check your equipment Tony.


At 6:36 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I don't think any other country would be that generous in a case of failed FF identification. Tony Blair's lucky Israel determined he was on board that plane.


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