News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Community News Network

February 18, 2014

The Swiss Air Force is only available during office hours

It may have been a few centuries since Switzerland fought a war, but it still enjoys a reputation as a place that would be pretty difficult to invade. Its "mountain redoubt" isn't quite what it was in Cold War days, but the country still "maintains a system of about 26,000 bunkers and fortifications throughout the Swiss Alps meant to deter attacking armies." Get past the Alps, and you have to deal with a population where all men - and many women - have military training and quite a few have held on to their assault rifles just in case.

But Fortress Switzerland's reputation for impregnability took a blow this week, when an Ethiopian Airlines flight was hijacked by its asylum-seeking co-pilot and landed in Geneva. While Italian and French fighter planes were scrambled to escort the hijacked airliner through their airspaces, Switzerland's own F-18s remained on the ground throughout the incident.

Why? According to Swiss Air Force spokesman Laurent Savary, as reported by Agence France-Presse, it was after business hours:              

[T]he Swiss airforce is only available during office hours. These are reported to be from 8am until noon, then 1:30 to 5pm.

"Switzerland cannot intervene because its airbases are closed at night and on the weekend," he said, adding: "It's a question of budget and staffing."


               

So, if planning an aerial invasion of Switzerland, nights, weekends and lunchtimes are probably your best bet. Take note, Liechtenstein: http://bit.ly/1jDpV97.

               

        



 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Community News Network
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Video Shows Smiling American Bomber in Syria Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Planes With MH17 Victims Land in Eindhoven 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Raw: Violent Clashes Between Libyan Militias Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Tanks Patrol Gaza Streets During Ceasefire Raw: Sirens After Explosions in Israel Today in History for July 27th
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity