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October 22, 2004
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Israel’s president, on a visit to Vienna, got an air force escort due to a security threat. Two military jets were scrambled to accompany Moshe Katsav’s helicopter Thursday after Austrian radar operators spotted an unidentified plane on a collision course with it. But the plane’s pilot turned out to be innocent of any wrongdoing, and no one was hurt. The incident happened as Katsav — the first Israeli head of state to visit Austria — was en route to the site of the former Mauthausen concentration camp, where 100,000 people, mostly Jews, were killed during World War II. In a ceremony at the camp, Katsav and Austrian President Heinz Fischer laid memorial wreaths, offered prayers and observed a minute of silence.

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