Near Collision Between El Al, Egyptian Planes

Date:         06 Jan 97 01:41:45 
From: (Jack Mor)
Organization: J&T Associates, Inc.
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The Saudi Royal Family's refusal to allow El Al aircraft to establish
aerial contact with control towers in Saudi Arabia almost caused an
aviation disaster recently when an El Al plane flying without aerial
coordination near Jeddah came close to colliding  with an Egyptian plane
flying at exactly the same altitude toward it. A collision was averted
after the El Al pilot received warning from the emergency warning system.

Following the incident, the Ministry of Transport, the Israel Association
of Pilots and the Civil Aviation Authority are working at an international
level to convince Saudi Arabia to enable aerial contact between El Al
aircraft and that country's control towers. (Bloomberg..1/5).