INTERNATIONAL: Rocket fired by Egyptian military misses British passenger plane by 1000ft

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INTERNATIONAL: Rocket fired by Egyptian military misses British passenger plane by 1000ft

thomson-airways-01INDEPENDENT (UK) – The rocket which reportedly came “within 1,000ft” of a British aircraft as it approached Sharm el-Sheikh in August was fired by the Egyptian military during a routine training exercise, the Government has said.

The Thomson flight took evasive action after the pilot spotted the missile, The Daily Mail reported.

Their source said: “The first officer was in charge at the time but the pilot was in the cockpit and saw the rocket coming towards the plane.

“He ordered that the flight turn to the left to avoid the rocket, which was about 1,000ft away.”

They reportedly went on to say that the staff were offered the chance to stay in Egypt, but chose to head back to the UK on a flight which took off with no internal or external lights.

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