Monday, July 05, 2004

Israel News : Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

Israel News : Jerusalem Post Internet Edition: "Russia: Fighter sent to intercept Pakistani plane

The Russian military scrambled a fighter jet to intercept a Pakistani passenger airliner that had illegally entered Russia, the Air Force said Monday.
The Pakistani Airlines B-763 airplane entered Russian airspace Sunday on a flight from Lahore, Pakistan, to Manchester, England, the Air Force said.
'The airplane did not ask for permission to enter Russian airspace,' Air Force spokesman Col. Alexander Drobyshevsky was quoted as telling the Interfax-Military News Agency. 'A MiG-29 fighter was sent up to intercept this airplane and make it leave Russia's airspace.'
Interfax reported that two civilian air controllers had been instructed by the military air traffic control center to turn back the plane, but when they failed to follow the order, the fighter jet was scrambled.
Interfax said both civilian air traffic controllers have been suspended, and a special commission has been set up to investigate. "


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