RNLAF F-16s Intercept Airliner

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Two Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16s yesterday intercepted an Airbus jetliner with which radio contact had been lost.

 Dutch Ministry of Defense photo

The two fighters on quick reaction alert at Volkel air base broke the sound barrier to intercept the airliner flying from Malaga to Schiphol with 180 passengers on board. After identifying the airliner and making visual contact, the F-16s escorted the Airbus until it landed. Video of the fighters escorting the airliner has been posted on YouTube.

Although no radio contact could be established with the Airbus, Dutch media reported that Arab music could be heard from the cockpit.

Marechaussee paramilitary police units were waiting to board the airliner at Schiphol but determined that it had not been hijacked.

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