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British plane narrowly dodged missile over Egypt

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8:54 AM

A rocket came within 1,000 feet of a Thomson Airways plane flying over Egypt in August.DAVID HERRAEZ CALZADA/iStockPhoto

A rocket came within 1,000 feet of a Thomson Airways plane flying over Egypt in August.

A missile whizzed by a British plane packed with vacationers, coming within 1,000 feet of the commercial jet as it flew over Egypt in August, officials confirmed.

The pilot of the Thomson Airways plane spotted the rocket as it neared an Egyptian airport on Aug 23. The crew was able to land the plane safely and officials did not tell passengers about the near-miss, the Guardian said.

The plane, which took off from London and was heading to the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, was carrying 189 passengers.

The British Department for Transport said it was not a “targeted attack,” while Thomson said there was “no cause for concern” for further flights.

“We concluded that it was not a targeted attack and was likely to be connected to routine exercises being conducted by the Egyptian military in the area at the time,” a government spokesman said.

EGYPT OUTSTR/EPA

The crash of Metrojet Airbus A321-200 that killed all 224 onboard has other carriers on high alert for similiar incidents.

Fears that ISIS fighters in Egypt may have weapons that could bring down passing planes, British officials have barred airlines from fly below 26,000 feet over the Sinai Peninsula.

Last week, A Metrojet Airbus A321-200 crashed 23 minutes after takeoff from the Sharm el-Sheikh airport, killing all 224 people on board, mostly Russian tourists. U.S. and British officials think ISIS may have planted a bomb on the jet.

In the wake of the tragedy, President Vladimir Putin canceled all Russian flights to Egypt until aviation security is improved.

With News Wire Services

mwagner@nydailynews.com


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