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Israel scrambles jets to escort US plane

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Israel scrambled fighter jets to escort an American commercial passenger plane to landing yesterday, Israeli officials said. An Airports Authority spokeswoma­n said Continenta­l Airlines' Flight 90 was intercepte­d after it failed to identify itself upon entering Israeli airspace. The plane, a Boeing 777, was on a scheduled flight from Newark, New Jersey in the United States. All passengers and crew disembarke­d safely, Israeli officials said.

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