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French fighter jet ‘tracks’ Jet2 flight


A passenger on-board a plane flying from Spain to Birmingham has told of the “terrifying” moment holiday makers realised their aircraft was being shadowed by a French fighter jet.

The Jet2 plane, travelling from Malaga to the UK, was joined in the skies by the fighter jet for around 15 minutes on 18 August.

Passenger Sarah Hatfield, said: “It was so close I could read the writing on its tail fin.”

Carrier Jet2 said it was awaiting a response from the French Air Force.

Hatfield added: “Someone spotted the French jet and told the cabin crew, who I presume told the Jet2 pilots.

“The air stewardess then announced there was nothing to worry about.”

The family photographed the aircraft seemingly tracking Flight LS1204 and said the feeling on-board was “a mixture of excitement at seeing the fighter so close up and terror as if we were about to get shot down.”

A spokesperson for Jet2 said: “We are awaiting clarification from the French air traffic authorities as to why a military aircraft was apparently tracking our aircraft”.

Pan European Networks Ltd