Ethiopian Airlines ahs revealed that Israel traffic controllers, with the assistance of Israeli jetfighters, on 24 November forced one of its passenger planes to land on Israel soil, APA has learnt here.

Ethiopian Airlines said on Wednesday that the incident involved Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET-404/24, which was on its way from Addis Ababa to Tel Aviv in Israel.

It was reported that the Ethiopian aircraft was forced to land due to misunderstanding between the flight crew and Israeli Air Traffic Controllers.

\”As a result, the ATC held the flight for 18 minutes until they confirmed that the aircraft was in fact Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET-404/24 of November 2008,\” the airlines said here.

\”Thereafter, the flight was cleared to land at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv as per its schedule. The 200 passengers were also handled smoothly as usual.\”

Ethiopian air lines has been flying to Tel Aviv since 1998, operating four weekly flights to the Israeli capital