Prosecutors investigate Ryanair near-miss claim

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7 November 2006, Frankfurt (dpa) - Both prosecutors and air investigators said Tuesday they were checking out allegations that a German Air Force fighter jet flew dangerously close to a Ryanair passenger plane over Germany. A woman passenger on the airliner, which was carrying about 170 passengers on October 16, told prosecutors the Tornado fighter dived past at a distance of just 100 metres, while the air force says the planes were 750 metres apart. Prosecutors in Bad Kreuznach said they had begun a forma

7 November 2006

Frankfurt (dpa) - Both prosecutors and air investigators said Tuesday they were checking out allegations that a German Air Force fighter jet flew dangerously close to a Ryanair passenger plane over Germany.

A woman passenger on the airliner, which was carrying about 170 passengers on October 16, told prosecutors the Tornado fighter dived past at a distance of just 100 metres, while the air force says the planes were 750 metres apart.

Prosecutors in Bad Kreuznach said they had begun a formal inquiry into causing personal injury, but had not named a suspect yet.

The Irish budget-airline plane was on its landing approach to Hahn airport, west of Frankfurt, on a flight from Pisa, Italy. Its pilot reported the suspected near miss after landing.

Air traffic control in the Frankfurt region said the distance between the jets, as indicated by radar, was 350 metres. German federal accident investigators are already studying the case and expect to issue a report in early December.

Witnesses said two Tornado planes had flown above the Ryanair plane, with one suddenly diving "quite close" to the passenger jet.

DPA

Subject: German news

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