Date: 06 Jan 97 01:41:45 From: email@example.com (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).