A rogue Boeing 777, with its transponder off, caused quite the scare recently as it was headed toward the Hague Nuclear Summit before being diverted by military aircraft in the vicinity
By Shepard Ambellas
NETHERLANDS (INTELLIHUB) — At about 1:45am in the morning on Mar. 25th, two F-16 fighter jets from the Brabant Volkel airbase were scrambled in response to a rogue Boeing 777 not electronically transponding at the time.
It turned out this was a cargo plane, a Boeing 777F LAN Cargo, which was en route to the airport. The unit flew from Miami in Dutch airspace and they could not connect to the device.
A spokesman for the Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security unit had previously requested permission for the flight. That is because of the nuclear security summit in The Hague is mandatory.
The jets have the cargo plane accompanied this had left. Dutch airspace The unit flew independently to the airport in Frankfurt, Germany.
The incident was particularly concerning to officials due to the nature of a close-by nuclear summit in Hague.
More than 30 countries are pledging to turn international guidelines on nuclear security into national laws, a move hailed by experts as the most significant achievement of a two-day summit.
The initiative pushed by host nation the Netherlands, the United States and South Korea also commits nations to open up their security procedures to independent review, a further step toward creating an overarching international legal framework designed to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material.
As of yet no reports indicate a malicious intent.
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