Tuesday , April 24 2018

Jet Airways plane loses contact with ATC, escorted by German fighters

The incident happened three days back when Mumbai-London Jet Airways plane 9W-118 was flying over Cologne, Germany

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Mumbai: A reported communication failure on board a Jet Airways plane while flying in the German skies gave a scare to German authorities who feared a hijack and knotted their fighter jets.

The incident happened 3 days back when the Mumbai-London Jet Airways plane 9W-118, with 330 passengers and 15 crew members, lost contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) for a “short period” while flying over Cologne.

The pilots of the Boeing-777 lost interaction due to a reported communication failure, the Jet Airways stated in a statement in Mumbai on Sunday.

Though the communication was safely re-established within minutes and the flight landed at its destination without any hitch, the statement stated.

The airline has de-rostered the pilots of the flight pending investigation and reported the matter to the civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

“Contact between Jet Airways flight 9W-118 from Mumbai to London Heathrow, of February 16, 2017, and the local Air Traffic Control, was briefly lost while flying over German airspace,” the airline statement stated.

“As a precaution, the German Air Force (GAF) knotted its fighter jets to safeguard the safety of the flight and its passengers,” it stated.

The communication was, however, safely restored within a few minutes, the statement said.

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