Fighters were called to accompany an El Al plane over Greece on Friday after a bomb threat was reported in the middle of the flight, according to a television report.
Flight LY02 left for Tel Aviv from New York on Thursday afternoon. After takeoff, US authorities received a phone call warning that there was a bomb on the plane, Channel 12 reported on Saturday.
“I’m telling you there’s a bomb on the plane,” the caller said.
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Although the warning was considered questionable, the pilot, Israeli security agencies and countries whose airspace is on the flight path have been warned, the report said.
The plane was then escorted by fighter jets after entering Greek airspace. The planes remained at a distance and the passengers did not know about the accident, the report said. He did not specify whether the planes were from the Greek army or the Israeli air force.
After landing at Ben-Gurion Airport, “the plane was searched and the security forces were updated on the matter. It turned out to be a false warning, “an employee told Channel 1