Jolly Europe! Hi-ho there!
Yesterday there was the cat on the plane, now, or better say three months ago, there is/was the plane itself that went on the run:
(Belga) About three months ago two French fighter planes intercepted an airline passenger jet from Spanish aircompany Air Europa. That's what RTBF reported on wednesday [yes, August 11th, 2004 that is], based on an article in Spanish newspaper El Pais. The incident took place on May 1st, the day of Europe's enlargement.
No less than three air-traffic controllers in Denmark, Germany and Holland had tried to contact the crew of the Air Europe Boeing 737, to no avail. The plain was on its way from Bergen in Norway to the Spanish [island] Palma De Mallorca. On board were 186 passengers. The alarm was raised because of fears for a suicide attack on Brussels or Paris. Six German, French and Dutch jetfighters tried to intercept the Boeing 737. Above Brussels the French fighters eventually succeeded in making contact with the Spanish pilots. The two are being sued by the Netherlands on violations of air-traffic rules.
Translation is mine, as you may have noticed, my apologies if a few things are unclear. The original article in Dutch is here.
So, how come we haven't heard of this before? Three months ago!?! Is this because of things not passing the tests of the Editor-in-chief-of-this-is-more-important-news-than-that-other-bit, or just because "Classical media" were too afraid to air this on Eurup-cheer-up-day?! Is it a new procedure to air the news only about three months after it happened?
All right, rantmode [off]. Duh.
If anyone can find more on the Walloon (French-language) RTBF-site or the one from Spanish newspaper El Pais (subscription required), also mentioned in the article, don't hesitate to throw me a line or just chip away in the comments.
Thank you, my lawnmower is waiting for me outside, and he probably knows more about recent news than the media above mentioned. Captioncontests would be really fun at this moment, don't you think?
Noooh, about the plane!