A Swiss Air Force Hornet (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Swiss Air Force criticized after hijack

The Swiss Air Force stayed silent during a hijack. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
The Swiss Air Force tiger didn’t roar during a hijack. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

The Swiss Air Force is criticized after a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 landed at Geneva airport on Monday after being escorted … by Italian and French fighter aircraft. The Swiss Air Force explained afterwards that the Boeing – hijacked by its own co-pilot – overflew Switzerland outside air force operating hours.

The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 was hijacked during a flight from Addis Abeba to Rome. The Italians sent up the Eurofighter Typhoon to keep an eye on the aircraft, and the French did the same with two Dassault Mirage 2000s. The Swiss Air Force sent up none of their aircraft however when the Boeing headed for Geneva. After landing there, the hijacker was arrested.

According to a statement by the Swiss, it was a question of ‘budget’ and ‘priorities’. Bloomberg news agency then suggested that possible invaders would do good by invading Switzerland outside business hours.

© 2014 AIRheads’ editor Elmer van Hest

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