US warship threatens Qantas airliner
Wednesday 15 July 1992
Australian's Channel Nine reported the message to the pilot as: 'You are being targeted. Leave the area or you will be fired upon.' A US Department of Defense statement said the ship had 'mistakenly used an international distress frequency, instead of a designated exercise frequency, to broadcast an exercise warning.' The airliner had never been in danger, said the US Pacific Fleet, because the exercise was testing only radar and communications equipment.
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