Israeli jets scramble to escort Delta flight

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JERUSALEM – Israeli fighter jets were scrambled to escort a Delta Air Lines plane flying from New York to Tel Aviv after the pilot activated a hijacking alert by mistake.

Transportation ministry official, Dani Shenar, told Israeli media Saturday that nobody was hurt in the incident.

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He said two jets hovered briefly over the plane carrying over 100 people and escorted it safely to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.

A technical malfunction had prevented the pilot from communicating with the airport’s control tower.

The transportation ministry said it will launch an investigation.