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Luftwaffe scrambled in 'stolen' plane scare

The Local · 3 Apr 2012, 18:34

Published: 03 Apr 2012 18:34 GMT+02:00

The two planes were scrambled to get the Phenom jet out of German airspace after a British company registered the plane, worth €2.7 million, as stolen on Saturday.

British firm Hangar 8 called the German police to tell them of the theft, the Kölner Express newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The risk of an illegal plane, being flown by unknown pilots with an unknown aim, over German cities, prompted terror alarms.

NATO informed the Luftwaffe, which sent two of its Eurofighters to bring the jet down safely.

“We received the alarm via NATO at 19:48. Within six minutes two of our Eurofighters started from Nörvenich,” said a Luftwaffe spokesman.

Within half an hour, the Phenom jet had landed at the Cologne-Bonn airport, where police greeted the two Austrian pilots.

The pilots, two Austrians, said they had flown from Nigeria, via Algeria and were heading for Cologne to take the plane for servicing, according to a report in the Kölnische Rundschau newspaper.

Hangar 8 has not commented on the situation, the Kölner Express said, and it will remain grounded until the plane’s ownership situation can be established.

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Your comments about this article

19:37 April 3, 2012 by nemo999
Yes, they had to file a flight plan, and the flight plan had to be accepted, by not only the aviation authorities, but by immigration and customs, since the flight originated outside of EU treaty country. The aircraft could still have been stolen, and Nigeria would not act on the claim of theft, so the owner/agent waited until the aircraft came into a country that would honor or at least investigate the claim of theft.
07:06 April 4, 2012 by Sayer
That's how it's done. I wonder if Cheney will ever explain why a similar action was never initiated over NYC that fateful day?
13:28 April 5, 2012 by raandy
Sayer Thats a no brainer, any one with an IQ over 80 could figure that out.
21:22 April 5, 2012 by CinemaNoir
No, raandy, not an IQ over 80 ~~ an IQ over 8,which explains the basis of Sayer's question.....
06:15 April 10, 2012 by berfel
I long for the days when editors would come up with headlines like

"Luftwaffe Brings Down Privat Jet"
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