A number of air visitors controllers in New York heard a chilling menace Monday in audio obtained completely by CBS Information: “We’re flying a airplane into the Capitol on Wednesday. Soleimani can be avenged.”
The menace refers to, the Iranian basic killed final yr in a U.S. drone strike ordered by President Trump. It was made on the one-year anniversary of Soleimani’s demise, for which Iranian officers have lengthy vowed revenge.
It is unclear who despatched the menace. Whereas the federal government doesn’t consider the warning of an assault is credible, it’s being investigated as a breach of aviation frequencies, CBS Information has discovered.
Sources informed CBS Information that the Pentagon and different companies have been briefed Tuesday concerning the digitized voice recording. The sources mentioned they consider the menace was designed to recommend hitting the Capitol on the identical day Congress is ready to depend the Electoral School outcomes.
Consultants mentioned the intrusion is regarding as a result of it might have an effect on the directions pilots get about how and the place planes fly.
Sources informed CBS Information a message was despatched to air visitors controllers on Tuesday reminding them that any menace or a airplane deviating from its flight path needs to be reported instantly.
The FBI isn’t commenting however mentioned it takes “all threats of violence to public security significantly.” The Federal Aviation Administration mentioned it’s involved with legislation enforcement.
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