Thursday November 8 1:58 PM ET
F-16s Escort Private NBC Jet
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two F-16 fighter jets escorted a private plane carrying NBC Sports' Olympic leadership when it lost radio contact with air traffic
controllers after taking off at Salt Lake International Airport.
NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol, NBC Sports president Ken Schanzer, NBC Olympics co-chairman Dennis Swanson, and announcers Jim McKay,
Hannah Storm and Dan Hicks were heading to the East Coast on the Gulfstream jet Wednesday after a four-day Winter Olympics production seminar in
Salt Lake City.
The jet lost radio contact after takeoff and was circling the Great Salt Lake when it was met by the F-16s. The fighter jets guided the Gulfstream to Ogden
``We take those things seriously in this community,'' Salt Lake Organizing Committee president Mitt Romney said Thursday. ``I'm delighted we have Hill
Air Force Base so close and if an aircraft is doing something unexpected, they are able to scramble and respond on an urgent basis.''
FAA air traffic manager Tom Brown said the jet ``was not forced down. The F-16s asked if they could provide any assistance because the private jet had
some radio difficulty.''
``The aircraft had problems receiving transmissions even before taxiing,'' Brown said. ``The jet left anyway.''
The radio was repaired after about a two-hour wait, and the NBC group arrived in New York shortly after 12 a.m. Thursday.
What Type of Gulfstream was this?????? and should this have happend?