21 Aug 2017

Birmingham Bound Jet2 Flight Followed by French Fighter Jet

Jet2 Plane in Flight

Jet2 flight LS1204 from Spain to Birmingham was followed by a French fighter jet on Friday. Sarah Hatfield, a passenger onboard, described the moment she clocked the fighter jet flying alongside their plane. She said: “It was so close I could read the writing on its tail fin.”

Travelling with her husband and 13-year-old daughter she explained the family felt:  “a mixture of excitement at seeing the fighter so close up and terror as to if we were about to get shot down”. The French fighter jet tracked the commercial flight for around 15 minutes.

A spokesperson from the budget airline, Jet2, said: “We are awaiting clarification from the French air traffic authorities, as to why a military aircraft was apparently tracking our aircraft”.

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