Israeli warplanes nearly shot down an American airliner carrying passengers from New York to Tel Aviv on April 11 when the pilot failed to respond as the plane approached the Israeli coast, an airport authority official /Two Israeli F-15s and two F-16s fighter planes were scrambled to intercept a Boeing 777 operated by the U.S. Continental Airlines as it prepared to enter Israeli airspace without responding to control tower demands to identify itself, the official /According to Israel’s private Channel-10, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and General Gaby Ashkenazy, chief of staff, were warned that the air force was on the point of shooting down a civilian plane suspected of being in the hands of /The Boeing pilot at the last minute realized the situation and the danger threatening his craft and established contact while still over the /Escorted by the warplanes, the Boeing landed without further problems at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport, where an inquiry was opened.

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