Report: Delta Flight's Hijacking Alert Scrambles Israeli Jets | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 09.22.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.22.14 **
** Airborne 09.19.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.19.14 **
** Airborne 09.17.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.17.14 **

Mon, Apr 13, 2009

Report: Delta Flight's Hijacking Alert Scrambles Israeli Jets

False Alarm Activated By Mistake... Or Equipment Failure?

A Delta Air Lines Flight enroute from New York to Tel Aviv received an unexpected jet fighter escort Saturday.

The Associated Press said Israeli fighters were scrambled after air traffic controllers detected a hijacking alert the pilots of the airliner had activated by mistake.

The Delta pilots were unable to communicate directly with controllers due to a technical problem, further raising ATC's concern over the well-being of the flight.

Israeli Transportation Ministry spokesman Dani Shenar said that two jet fighters were dispatched, and escorted the plane carrying over 100 passengers to a safe landing at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.

Details of the exact circumstances of the situation were sketchy at press time. Early reports seemingly indicated the pilots may have squawked the wrong transponder code -- 7500 is hijacking, 7600 is lost comm. However, at least one Israeli media outlet pointed a finger at a breakdown in the new "Code Positive" security system, now in testing, which requires airliners bound for Israel to establish secure communications before entering Israeli airspace.

"On Saturday one of this system's many potential failings was seen," Boaz Hativa, chairmain of Israel's National Pilot Association, told Haaretz.

The Israeli Transportation Ministry is investigating.

FMI: www.delta.com, www.mot.gov.il/wps/portal/HOME

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 09.19.14: Cool City R44 Cert, Reno Rumblings, Sierra Re-Jets The CJ

Also: Eclipse Improvements, AEA Urges NextGen GA Fund Adoption, FAA OKs External Cams, GA Accident Rate Declines The FAA has granted an STC to Cool City Avionics for the installati>[...]

Best of Show! The Very Best/Worst of Oshkosh '14! (Part 1)

Compiled By The Staff and Readership of the Aero-News Network, Airborne, and Aero-TV (Part 1) For quite a while, we have recognized the highs and lows inherent in the general and s>[...]

2014 Public Benefit Flying Award Recipients Announced

Aviation Volunteers And Organizations Honored For Public Benefit Flying The National Aeronautic Association, in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of human>[...]

Klyde Morris (09.22.14)

Klyde Gets Recurrent... On An Installment Plan FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.22.14)

"Volunteers in aviation and those who support them are the heart and soul of charitable aviation, and the work they perform is invaluable. They fly needy patients for care, inspire>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC