The Israeli ministry of transport is defending its decision to divert a Lufthansa flight bound for Tel Aviv after a bomb threat. The Boeing 747, with 331 passengers, had left Frankfurt on 5 October when an anonymous telephone call warning was received in Frankfurt. The German authorities made a fast check and instructed the captain to continue the flight to its original destination. But the chief security officer of the Israeli ministry of transport decided to forcibly divert the flight to Larnaca in Cyprus using two Israeli air force Boeing F-15s. After a search, the flight was allowed to continue to Tel Aviv. The German authorities claim the diversion was unnecessary.


Source: Flight International