Fri, Apr 08, 2005
Diplomatic Aircraft Forced To Land -- No Bomb
The extra air security over Rome for Pope John Paul's funeral
was put to the test Friday, when a diplomatic aircraft was forced
to land by Italian fighters because of a reported bomb on
The aircraft, type as yet unknown, was escorted to a military
base where its crew was disembarked and it was checked
No bomb was found, according to Italian authorities.
"We saw that there was no threat on board. We let them take off
again to Ciampino, where the Macedonian delegation was waiting," an
air force official told Reuters.
The aircraft was on its way to Rome to pick up members of the
Macedonian delegation to the pontiff's funeral. The flight had
departed from Belgrade with only crew on board, he said.
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