El Al B789 over Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Israel on Apr 30th 2021, escorted by fighter aircraft

Last Update: April 30, 2021 / 20:31:37 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 30, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
El Al

Flight number
LY-2

Destination
Tel Aviv, Israel

Aircraft Registration
4X-EDH

ICAO Type Designator
B789

An El Al Boeing 787-9, registration 4X-EDH performing flight LY-2 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Tel Aviv (Israel), was enroute over Spain when the crew advised ATC they suspected a bomb had been planted on the aircraft. Fighter aircraft were dispatched that escorted the aircraft into Italy, where Italian fighter aircraft took over and escorted the aircraft into Greece, where Greek fighter aircraft escorted the aircraft through Greek airspace. When the aircraft entered Cyprus airspace, Israeli fighter aircraft took over and escorted the aircraft to a safe landing in Tel Aviv about 4 hours after the first alert.

Greek Media reported the crew suspected while flying over Spain, that a bomb had been planted on the aircraft. NATO decided to dispatch fighter aircraft which intercepted and escorted the Boeing, at the Spanish-Italien boundary of the airspace Italian fighter aircraft took over until the Boeing entered Greek airspace, where Greek fighter aircraft escorted the Boeing to Cyprus airspace. Israeli fighter aircraft awaited the aircraft in Cyprus airspace and escorted the aircraft to landing in Tel Aviv.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Tel Aviv about 14.5 hours after landing.

The airline and Israel's CAA have not yet commented.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 30, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
El Al

Flight number
LY-2

Destination
Tel Aviv, Israel

Aircraft Registration
4X-EDH

ICAO Type Designator
B789

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