Cargo plane intercepted by Hungarian Gripens
Budapest, February 17 (MTI) – Hungarian Gripen fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a cargo jet on Friday after it entered Hungary’s airspace unannounced, the defence ministry told MTI.
The plane entered Hungarian airspace at 2pm, maintaining its flight path, but failed to establish contact with Hungarian civilian air traffic control, the ministry said.
NATO’s Combined Air Operations Centre then alerted the Gripen fighters of the Hungarian armed forces that were on duty.
One of the Gripens identified the plane and escorted it to the border of the country’s airspace, the ministry said.