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A Bulgarian passenger plane forced to return to Tel Aviv because of a technical problem was escorted back by Israeli air force jets, because of security concerns.

Shortly after the plane took off, the pilot contacted Ben Gurion Airport control to report a technical problem.

The plane jettisoned fuel over the sea, to avoid landing on full fuel tanks. On its return it was escorted by the air force.

Security personnel of the Israel Aircraft Authority are inspecting the plane and passengers.

"According to Ben Gurion Airport regulations, when a plane returns for non-routine reasons, security checks are conducted to make sure the problem really is technical in nature," the IAA commented, adding that once the inspections are done, the technical problem is handled.