El Al flight from New York lands in Tel Aviv after tip-off about bomb on board
Two Swiss Air Force jets have been scrambled to escort an El Al Boeing 747 en route from New York to Tel Aviv after an anonymous tip-off about a bomb on board.
The flight landed safely at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.
The two F/A-18 fighter jets escorted the El Al plane through Switzerland’s airspace from the French border, the Swiss Air Force said in a statement.
El Al flight LY002 was flying over the Swiss-French border when the fighter jets were scrambled.
Once the flight had crossed Swiss airspace, the F-18s returned to their bases and the airplane continued as planned.
Flight tracking website FlightRadar24.com indicated the plane landed in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport at 12:44pm local time.
El Al released a statement saying no explosive device was found on board.