Libyan jet passes Greece en route to Egypt: sources

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 18, 2011 4:53 PM

ATHENS (Reuters) - A Libyan jet flew through Greek controlled air space and headed to Egypt but there was no information on whether it belonged to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and who was on board, Greek officials said on Wednesday.

"A Libyan Falcon jet reported to Athens FIR (Flight Information Region) that it was passing through and heading to Egypt. It was in Greek FIR for about 15 minutes. We do not know who was on the plane or who it belongs to," the official, who requested anonymity, told Reuters.

Greek media had reported earlier that it might have been one of Gaddafi's jets.

Greek air traffic controllers said two people on board were crew members but they were not identified.

"It submitted a flight plan from Tripoli to Cairo and had two people on board but we don't know who they are," said an Athens air traffic controller who declined to be named.

He said it was common for flights from Libya to Egypt to report to Greek FIR.

(Reporting by Dina Kyriakidou and Renee Maltezou; Editing by Louise Ireland)