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Warplanes nearly shot down US airliner

By Leah     Apr 11, 2007 in Travel
Two Israeli F-15s and two F-16s fighter planes were scrambled to intercept a Boeing 777 operated by the US Continental Airlines as it prepared to enter Israeli airspace without responding to control tower demands to identify itself.
So knowing you are entering a high danger zone, don't you think you would want to make sure you had contact with whomever it is you need to be in order to keep you and your passengers safe??!!!
I do not understand why this pilot didn't. I would have been scared shitless knowing my plane was being targeted to be shot down. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defence Minister Amir Peretz and General Gaby Ashkenazy, chief of staff, were warned that the air force was on the point of shooting down a civilian plane suspected of being in the hands of hijackers.
And if I were them, I would have thought the same if there was no response. Thank God the pilot realized what was going on and realized the danger, and made contact. The Boeing was escorted in by the war planes, and made a safe landing.
There terror those passengers were probably feeling. I am sure a book will come out of this situation!
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