Avner Yarkoni, who served as a fighter pilot in the past and as head of the Civil Aviation Authority, spoke to Maariv following the announcement by El Al about the attempt to take over the communication network of one of its planes while flying over Somalia on its way from Phuket in Thailand to Ben-Gurion Airport Saturday night.

Is there a tangible danger to the planes, given the current war situation? 

"It was a communication interference by someone who was in contact with the plane. I don't know exactly what was said and how," but the controller's "manner of speaking apparently raised suspicion among the pilots," he said.

"It should be remembered that from the plane's communication, it does not go anywhere. That is, the communication system guides the pilots, but if there is doubt – they don't comply," Yarkoni said.... Read More: JPost