• Short Summary

    A Saudi Arabian air force plane that strayed off course on its way home from Damascus, Syria, with 25 soldiers on board was intercepted by Israeli fighters on Monday (12 April) and forced to land at Tel Aviv.

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    A Saudi Arabian air force plane that strayed off course on its way home from Damascus, Syria, with 25 soldiers on board was intercepted by Israeli fighters on Monday (12 April) and forced to land at Tel Aviv.

    The Israeli authorities said the plane would be held overnight and allowed to leave on Tuesday (13 April) morning with the soldiers, its crew of five and six civilians including three Americans who were also on the flight.

    The Saudis were interrogated at an Israeli air force base and then served lunch. A senior air force officer told Reuters they were absolutely certain it was just a mistake.

    The American civilians, working for the Lockheed Aircraft Company on a training assignment, were heard arguing with the Saudis about who was responsible for the navigational error. The Saudi government said the plane was on a regular flight carrying armed forces mail from Damascus to Saudi Arabia when it was intercepted by Israeli aircraft near the Lebanese border.

    SYNOPSIS: A Saudi Arabian air force plane that strayed off course was forced to land at Tel Aviv after being intercepted by Israeli fighters in Israeli air space on Monday. The plane was intercepted near the Lebanese border.

    Israeli authorities said the plane would be held overnight and allowed to leave on Tuesday morning with twenty-five soldiers, its crew of five and six civilians including three Americans on board.

    The Americans were on a training assignment for The Lockheed Aircraft Company. The Israelis said they were certain the plane's entry into Israeli air space was a mistake. It was on a regular flight from Damascus to Saudi Arabia when intercepted.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2F3UU2GET6L0S6EQI2PLLHBAW
    Media URN:
    VLVA2F3UU2GET6L0S6EQI2PLLHBAW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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