F16s break sound barrier over Brussels

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31 October 2007, BRUSSELS - Two F16 fighter jets broke the sound barrier just south of Brussels this morning at about 11 am. The jets were intercepting a passenger aircraft whose radio contact with air traffic control had been broken off. The defence ministry has announced this.

31 October 2007

BRUSSELS - Two F16 fighter jets broke the sound barrier just south of Brussels this morning at about 11 am. The jets were intercepting a passenger aircraft whose radio contact with air traffic control had been broken off. The defence ministry has announced this.

The sound barrier was broken above Brussels (Ukkel) and Hoeilaart, the ministry reports.

The F16s were ordered to intercept a scheduled flight headed for Brussels. The instruction came from the German control centre that monitors European air space, VRT reports.

The aircraft could no longer be intercepted in Belgian air space, but once in British air space the authorities were able to make contact with the pilot. The incident proved a false alarm.

The defence department offers its apologies to the public for any nuisance.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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