Police officers walk back to their vehicles after helping passengers disembark from the hijacked Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 702 at Cointrin Airport in Geneva February 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)
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When an Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise aircraft carrying 202 passengers entered Swiss airspace Monday after being hijacked by the co-pilot en route to Rome, Switzerland's air force remained on the ground.On May 18, the country will vote whether to buy 22 Saab Gripen jets in a purchase valued at 3.1 billion Swiss francs ($3.47 billion).Sixty-three percent of Swiss oppose the purchase of the Gripen and 60 percent say Switzerland doesn't need any new combat planes, according to a September poll by Isopublic.Monday wasn't the first time Switzerland's air force has relied on outside help. Neighboring Austria deployed Eurofighter Typhoons to secure the airspace of the World Economic Forum 2014 in Davos last month and during the European Football Championship in Austria and Switzerland in 2008 .
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