Two Austrian Eurofighter Typhoons are seen here escorting an Austrian Airlines Boeing 767-300ER to a ‘coerced’ simulated ‘landing’ in Zeltweg in the centre of Austria.
This is one of many exercises carried out by Eurofighter pilots to ensure that, in a real emergency, manoeuvres such as escorted landings can be undertaken effectively and safely. The 20 minute simulated exercise ran smoothly and without incident with both the airliner and the fighter pilots maintaining close eye contact during the close proximity manoeuvres. The Boeing (OE-LAZ) pictured here was coming home after being freshly painted in Austrian Airlines livery at a special facility in Shannon, Ireland.
The exercise took place on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 ending at 1045hrs.