Cargo plane escorted from Dutch airspace

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Associated Press

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 24 at 8:33 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' air force has scrambled a pair of F-16s to escort a plane that approached Dutch airspace unannounced during a meeting of 53 world leaders.

The cargo plane, a Boeing 777 operated by Chile's LAN Cargo, had departed from Miami. Dutch National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism spokesman Lodewijk Hekking said the cargo plane's pilot cooperated immediately and was escorted safely to Frankfurt, Germany.

Hekking said he didn't know whether the pilot or LAN had been aware that parts of Dutch airspace were closed for the summit.

Representatives for LAN in Amsterdam declined to comment.

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