Air Force helicopters scramble over Caesaria due to unauthorized paragliders
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Air Force helicopters scramble over Caesaria due to unauthorized paragliders

Pilots of motorized gliders had not filed flight plans or notified air traffic authorities, as required by law

Illustrative. A paraglider flies over northern Israel on February 18, 2017. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Illustrative. A paraglider flies over northern Israel on February 18, 2017. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Two IDF helicopters were scrambled to intercept two unidentified motorized gliders discovered flying over the Israeli coastal town of Caesaria on Sunday morning.

After initial concern of a possible security threat, officials discovered the pilots were Israeli civilians who had failed to notify the proper authorities of their flight plan.

The IDF turned the case over to the police for an investigation into suspected violations of air traffic laws. No one was hurt in the incident.

In October, a parachutist flying a motorized glider penetrated an Israeli Air Force base’s airspace and flew dangerously close to a fighter jet as it took off.

The glider entered the base’s airspace without coordinating its flight with either the army or civilian air traffic authorities.

The army did not disclose which airbase was involved in the incident, but said it was in the “center of the country.”

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