Plot to down El Al jet in Geneva foiled

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    A terrorist plot to blow up an El Al jet at Geneva airport with an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) in December was uncovered by the Swiss and French intelligence agencies, details released for publication on Friday revealed.

    The Yedioth Aharonot newspaper reported that a secret agent working undercover amongst an Islamic terror cell in the city discovered the plan after three immigrants of Arabic origin boasted of their attempts to smuggle weapons from Russia with the ultimate goal of shooting down an Israeli plane at the airport.

    When the matter was reported to Israeli security, El Al changed the flight paths of all its Geneva-bound planes, landing them at Zurich Airport the following week.

    Swiss officials reported that no arrests were made following the discovery since the plan had yet to reach its final operational stages.

    El Al has reportedly installed the Flight Guard Self Protection System at a cost of one million dollars per plane on some of its fleet, and plans to install it in all its jets in the future.

    The system is capable of detecting an approaching missile, warning the crew and automatically activating countermeasures that will divert the missile from its course, saving the aircraft and its passengers.

    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1145961375334&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull
     
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    Gotta love the Swiss...they didn't arrest anyone because no plane was actually shot down. Talk about waiting for the smoking gun! I am astounded that the French didn't surrender as soon as they heard about it.
     
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    Except that system wouldn't work against a rocket or RPG. ;)
     
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    Thinking the same....But then....
    Maybe keeping the cover is much more important. :dunno:
     

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