Russian Gov't Il-96 with officials, "Kremlin pool" journos on board intercepted by Swiss Air Force jets

13:30, 19 November 2016
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A pair of Swiss warplanes scrambled to intercept the aircraft of the Russian presidential air squadron flying an official delegation from Moscow to Peru for an APEC summit and a group of accredited reporters  in the sky over Switzerland, according to Rossiyskaya Gazeta. 

Konstantin Zavrazhin / Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Two Swiss F18's flew along the aircraft to the amusement of passengers on board, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported.

Moreover, one of the military pilots reportedly waved his hand at the Russians on board IL-96.

Read alsoNATO jets scrambled as Russian bombers fly south – BBCHowever, the experienced Russian crew says this kind of interception is a normal, standard practice on this particular route, reads the report.

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