02/01/2012

A spy thriller story?

When a private jet has the identification of a Saudi aircraft but uses the callsign of an aircraft of the German Intelligence service, we can wonder what is really happening!


Yesterday, 31 January, at 9h20 pm, an aircraft with the US ICAO identification A57710 landed here in Geneva. In the US list, this identification is supposed to be a Gulf IV jet owned  by Wilmington Trust Co., USA, and having the US tailplane registration N451NS. However, it is believed to have been leased out to an enterprise called National Air Services, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Strangely, however, the aircraft used the callsign DAZEM. This type of callsign is typically used to identify a private aircraft, rather than a flight of an airline company. In this case, it would correspond to the German registration D-AZEM. This is listed as a Falcon 900EX of the German operator Zeman Flugtechnik u. Logistik, but is actually operated by the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND : Bundesnachtrichtendienst). This latter statement appears to be corroborated in the Wikipedia German language page for the BND, in which there is a reference and a picture of the aircraft D-AZEM.

So, was it the Saudi aircraft in disguise (using a callsign indicating a different aircraft)? Did the German BND have anything to do with this flight?

Your guess is as good as mine!

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