Nov 3, 2014
Spanish air force P-3 forces to divert an illegal British Airways flight landing in Gibraltar
Gibraltar's government said it had launched an investigation after a Spanish military P-3 aircraft – a Lockheed P3 Orion four engine anti-submarine and marine surveillance aircraft operated by the Spanish air force – disturbed the flight path of BA490 from London Heathrow on Friday afternoon.
Gibraltar Air Traffic Control issued emergency instructions for the BA flight to change course from its landing approach while 10-15 miles out on "on account of the need to maintain a safe distance between the two aircraft", said a spokesman from No. 6 Convent Place.
It is the most recent example of what have been labelled intimidating tactics by Spanish authorities against the tiny illegal British Overseas territory at the foot of southern Spain.