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13th October, 2017

Fighter jets alerted due to bomb threat

Hungarian Gripen fighter jets were alerted by a NATO air command centre in Italy at around 11.30 a.m. Thursday because of a bomb threat affecting a passenger plane flying over Hungary en route from Canada to Dubai, the Defence Ministry announced.

After the two fighter jets intercepted the airliner at the Hungarian border and identified it, the pilot made radio contact with Hungarian air traffic controllers.

The two jets had to exceed the speed of sound to intercept the aircraft.

The fighter jets escorted the plane as far as the border, where they transferred responsibility to the Romanian air force.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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