Swedish air force: commercial plane in near-miss with unidentified aircraft over Baltic Sea

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Swedish authorities say a foreign military aircraft nearly collided above southern Sweden with a commercial passenger plane that had taken off from Copenhagen.

Swedish Air Force chief, Maj. Gen. Micael Byden, said Saturday that the military aircraft's transponders, which make the plane visible to commercial radar, were shut off.

Swedish fighter jets were sent up to identify the plane, but he declined to disclose its nationality.

Byden said the Friday midday incident in international air space looked "pretty serious," adding that the southern-bound commercial flight, which he didn't identify, was immediately ordered to change course.

Byden said it was not as serious as in March when a Russian plane flying without transponders, came within 100 meters (300 feet) of an SAS plane that had taken off from Copenhagen.