updated 10/5/2004 8:23:42 AM ET 2004-10-05T12:23:42

A Lufthansa passenger plane en route to Tel Aviv was rerouted to Cyprus on Tuesday after the airline received a bomb threat, Israeli officials said. The airliner was escorted by Israeli warplanes on its way to Cyprus.

The threat was received by Lufthansa’s Frankfurt office, said Mickey Gurdus, who monitors air controller traffic for Israel Radio.

Gurdus broadcast part of the Lufthansa pilot’s conversation with the control at Ben Gurion International Airport. In the conversation, the pilot said he was heading to Larnaca in Cyprus, where the aircraft was to be searched.

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