Syria has charged King Hussein of Jordan with committing nine serious violations of the region's aviation regulations while flying in his plane across Syrian territory, sufficient to "justify shooting it down".
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Background: Syria has charged King Hussein of Jordan with committing nine serious violations of the region's aviation regulations while flying in his plane across Syrian territory, sufficient to "justify shooting it down".
The nine violations listed were: Entered the region without prior permission-Failed to give its full identity- Did not indicate it was a Royal plane or carrying a VIP- Continuously gave wrong information about its location- Ceased wireless communication with Damascus airport tower and information center-- Changed direction and flow outside defined air passage-- Failed to contact Damascus airport at least five minutes before entering Syrian air space- Flow at low altitude of about 50 feet without permission or justification and Jerusalem airport failed to notify Damascus of the plane's flight across Syria.
The only thing that saved King Hussein plan from being shot down was the Jordanian flag painted on his plane and seen by one of the two Syrian Miga pilots. The shooting down of a slow propeller-engine plane would have been an easy job for the fighters should they have wanted to do so.