Israeli Fighter Jets Scramble After Egyptian Plane Fails to Identify

Civilian Egyptian airplane escorted safely to Ben Gurion Airport after eventually making contact with control tower.

Israel Air Force planes during the joint U.S.-Israel training operation Red Flag.
IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Israeli air force fighter jets scrambled early Saturday after an Egyptian aircraft entered Israeli airspace without properly identifying itself.

Deviating from protocol, the Egyptian plane maintained radio silence as it entered Israel, prompting Israel to alert two jets. According to the army, the civilian aircraft was slated to land at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport and was escorted there by the jets after it eventually identifying.

Israeli media identified the passenger plane as belonging to Air Sinai, and said the cause for incident was the pilot's lack of familiarity with the route and relevant procedures.

The report said Israel urged the company to familiarize its pilots with the procedures to prevent future misunderstandings.

The incident comes on the heels of unconfirmed reports in Israeli media of alleged aerial brushes between Israeli and Russian fighter jets. In one case, reported on Channel 10, a Russian warplane supposedly approached an Israeli warplane off the Mediterranean coast of Syria last week, though no contact was made between them.

Reuters contributed to this report