British airliner, Israeli fighter jet in near miss: Israel

19th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

A British passenger jet nearly collided with an Israeli air force plane which was on manoeuvres in southern Israel, a statement from the military said on Tuesday.

The incident occurred late last month when the British plane, which was en route from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to Europe, accidentally strayed into Israeli airspace, it said.

"On September 25, a British passenger jet came dangerously close to an air force fighter plane as it was carrying out operational activity in southern Israel," the military said.

An air force investigation found that the plane was under the authority of Egyptian air traffic controllers at the time of the incident.

"The passenger plane strayed north into Israeli airspace from its approved flight path without coordination or approval," the statement said.

The military said it took such security lapses "very seriously" and that a complaint had been lodged with the Egyptian civil aviation authority.

© 2010 AFP

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