Gripens scrambled because of bomb threat on Serbian aircraft

Hungarian Gripen fighter jets were scrambled by NATO's Combined Air Operations Centre on Friday afternoon because of a bomb threat on a Serbian-registered passenger aircraft flying from Saint Petersburg to Belgrade, the defence ministry told MTI.

The Gripens escorted the A319 aircraft out of Hungarian airspace, the ministry said.

The jets were alerted for a second time on Friday afternoon for a similar reason, when a Moscow-Belgrade flight reported a bomb threat. The aircraft, also an A319, registered in Serbia, was escorted out of Hungarian airspace, the ministry said in a statement.

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