F-16 Fighting Falcon News

F-16 scrambles after Airbus hijack alert

May 3, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - A signal aboard an inbound Singapore Airlines Airbus A340-500 indicated a possible hijacking. An F-16 Fighting Falcon escorted the passenger plane to a remote section of Los Angeles International Airport where it landed around 17.30h Monday.

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Armed SWAT teams immediately stormed the aircraft as hostage negotiators rushed to the scene.

Within minutes, officials determined a transponder sending a hijacking alert to ground crews had malfunctioned. The concerns about a hijacking aboard the Airbus thus ended in relief.

The Airbus had 126 passengers and 18 crew members aboard.