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Two fighter planes have intercepted a suspect plane over Rome on the day of the Pope's funeral, according to Italian reports.
The Italian news agency ANSA reported that the plane was being escorted by two F-16 fighters to a military base after entering a no-fly zone imposed for the funeral.
It quoted Italy's air force chief as saying intelligence had indicated that a bomb was on board the aircraft which was heading toward Rome's second airport Ciampino.
The Italian Defence Ministry has made no immediate confirmation
Originally posted by Simulacra
It's funny how fighter jets can so easily intercept a suspicious plane flying over Rome, but when three 747s dodge off course for 32 minutes, these 'interceptors' are no where to be found.
Originally posted by andpau66
Before 9/11 we had no reason to scramble military jets to intercept a commercial airliner.
The ANSA agency quoted intelligence sources as saying there were fears that a bomb might have been on board the plane. It later said no bomb was found......
ANSA said the aircraft was a Lear Jet 131 (search) executive plane from Belgrade bound for Rome's Ciampino, which serves both military and civilian aircraft. Ciampino airport was closed Friday for the pope's funeral.