French fighter jet forces German plane to land

21st June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 21, 2007 (AFP) - A French fighter jet on Thursday was dispatched to force a small German plane to land after air traffic controllers lost radio contact with the pilot as he headed toward Paris, the defence ministry said.

PARIS, June 21, 2007 (AFP) - A French fighter jet on Thursday was dispatched to force a small German plane to land after air traffic controllers lost radio contact with the pilot as he headed toward Paris, the defence ministry said.

The pilot of the light aircraft carrying two people en route to La Rochelle in western France was detained after landing at an air base in Tours in central France, said a ministry statement.

"The absence of radio contact with the pilot and uncertainty about its flight plan as it was headed toward the Paris agglomeration, which is a no-fly zone, prompted defence authorities to order the dispatch of a Mirage 2000 to identify, control and escort the plane," it said.

French authorities requested that all planes be grounded at Orly airport to allow for the aircraft to land at the Tours air base.

The plane had taken off from the German city of Brohmte.


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