From CNN - Airliner fakes emergency so passengers can watch soccer game

Jose jrojas at MINDSPRING.COM
Mon Sep 26 16:30:07 MDT 2005

Hey don't mess with soccer fans and their games.


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Subject: From CNN - Airliner fakes emergency so passengers can watch soccer

Only in Peru :-)

Airliner fakes emergency so passengers can watch soccer game

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A chartered jet carrying 289 Gambian soccer fans
pretended it needed to make an emergency landing so they could watch their
team compete in the FIFA Under 17 World Championships, officials said

The plane, claiming to be low on fuel, landed Tuesday near the stadium in
Peru's northern coast city of Piura.

"It truly was a scam," said Betty Maldonado, a spokeswoman for Peru's
aviation authority, CORPAC. "They tricked the control tower, saying they
were low on fuel."

Emergency crews were scrambled ahead of the unscheduled landing by the
Lockhead L1011 Tri-Star, owned by Air Rum Ltd., Maldonado said.

The Air Rum plane, which she said was chartered by Gambian President Yahya
Jammeh, should have made its approach to the capital, Lima, but instead flew
directly to Piura, entering Peruvian air space "without permission."

The passengers were permitted to attend African team's 3-1 victory over
Qatar on Tuesday night, she added, but the plane remained in Piura on
Wednesday while authorities determined what penalty, if any, to levy against
the airline.

Gambian newspaper Daily Observer reported on its Web page Wednesday that the
group of fans had been delayed for a week in a hotel in the small West
African nation and were forced Friday to watch their country's victory over
Brazil on television.

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