Greek F-16s Intercept Delta Airlines Flight Over Greece
There are some local Greek media reports that two F-16s intercepted a Delta Airlines flight around the same area that EgyptAir Flight 804 disappeared a few days ago.
According to the Greek media reports, the flight strayed into Greek airspace and it did not properly identify itself. The F-16s swooped in and intercepted the flight as a security precaution.
I can only roughly translate the media reports, given that I don’t know Greek and I have not seen a report in English media on this, but according to the Greek media, the Delta Airlines flight was en route from France to Kuwait when it strayed into Greek airspace over the Mediterranean. The Civil Aviation Authority in Greece made calls to the aircraft for one hour in an attempt to reach out to it, but there was no response. Two F-16s were sent to make contact with the aircraft and the plane was unresponsive for some time, with the pilot and co-pilot not acknowledging the jets’ calls for the aircraft to identify itself.
Greek media reports say that over Santorini the F-16s made contact and no longer continued to escort the plane.
This happened shortly after an EgyptAir flight went missing the same day. Authorities may have scrambled the jet over a fear that the Delta Airlines flight was around the same air space where the EgyptAir flight veered off course and disappeared off the radar.
We reached out to Delta for a comment but at the time of publishing had not heard anything back. The story is largely under reported, most likely because it ended without any incident, but it would be interesting to see why there was a delay for the co-pilot and pilot to respond from calls from the Greek Civil Aviation Authority.
NOTE: The story originally said the plane was flying from France to Kuwait. English media is now reporting it was a charter Delta flight between Germany and Kuwait.