David M. Bresnahan
-- An El Al airline pilot reported that a missile was fired at his Israeli
commercial airline loaded with civilian passengers Thursday.
flight landed safely in Moscow when a missile was launched at the plane.
The pilot reported that it missed the plane exploding about a mile away.
plane took off from Tel Aviv and landed safely in Moscow, according
to a report by Middle East Newsline. The incident has been virtually
ignored by other media.
Al officials acknowledged the incident, but Russian authorities have
not reported a missile launch and have not commented on the report.
Just one year ago a
Russian plane filled with Israeli civilians was shot down by a missile
over Ukraine. That incident was reported as an accidental shooting.
Arab and Islamic terrorist groups have often
targeted El Al, but tight security has made it impossible for hijackers
to actually get on Israeli flights. The only successful hijacking of
an El Al flight took place in 1968. Since that time terrorists have
resorted to attacks in airport terminals, and perhaps by firing missiles.
Also this past Thursday, an Egyptian gunman
shot and killed two people and was then himself killed by a El Al security
guard at the Los Angeles International Airport terminal. Israelis say
the attack is similar to those that have taken place in other airports
by terrorists. U.S. officials have yet to call it a terrorist attack.
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