A Private plane belonging to embattled Libyan leader Moamar Ghaddafi with unknown passengers aboard crossed Greek airspace en route to Egypt today, a Greek defense ministry source said.
“A private plane of Ghadafi has crossed Greek airspace en route to Egypt,” the ministry source told AFP, adding, “We do not know who is on board.”
A Greek air force source said the plane was a Libyan Airlines Falcon 900 that normally carries VIPs, though the pilot denied that dignitaries were on board.
“The pilot tabled a flight plan from Tripoli to Cairo,” the air force source said, adding, “The plane crossed southwest of the island of Crete around an hour ago.
It should be landing in Cairo by now.” The incident occurred after the office of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou confirmed that Ghadafi had made a telephone call to Papandreou, during which the prime minister “listened” to the Libyan leader’s views.
However, Papandreou stressed to Ghadafi the need to prevent a humanitarian crisis from unfolding as the Libyan leader cracked down on the rebel uprising, his office said.
Last month Ghadafi’s daughter, Ayesha Ghadafi, appeared on state television in Libya to deny a report that she tried to flee the country to Malta.
She was responding to reports that she was on a Libyan plane that was turned back from Malta after being denied permission to land at an airport in the capital Valletta.