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Developing: Fighter jets escort Cathay Pacific plane into Vancouver

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Developing: Fighter jets escort Cathay Pacific plane into Vancouver
Flight receives military escort

By Staff, Vancouver May 15, 2010 4:02 PM
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Sun reader Colin Haime snapped this photo which appears to be a passenger aircraft being escorted by a jet fighter.Photograph by: Colin Haime, SubmittedVANCOUVER - There are reports that a Cathay Pacific flight arriving in Vancouver today was escorted to YVR by jet fighters.

A Sun reader forwarded a photograph which appears to be a passenger plane being tailed closely by a jet fighter and there are news reports that police were dispatched to the airport.

A Canadian Forces spokesperson confirmed to CKNW News that there was a report of a threat to the aircraft, but would not specify what that threat was.

She added that Canadian CF 18 jet fighters, under the command of NORAD, intercepted the plane, identified by airport officials as Cathay Pacific flight 838, and escorted it until it landed safely in Vancouver.

CKNW reported that passengers are still on the plane, which has been towed to an area away from the terminal.

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