Breaking News: Jet Airways flight loses ATC over German airpsace

New Delhi: A Jet Airways plane with more than 300 people on board was escorted by German Air Force planes after it lost contact with Air Traffic Control during a flight from Mumbai to London on Thursday.
Dramatic footage of the incident showed the Jet Airways flight being escorted by two fighter jets - smoke trails billowing in their wake.

“Contact between Jet Airways flight 9W 118, from Mumbai to London Heathrow, of February 16, 2017, and the local ATC, was briefly lost while flying over German airspace,” Jet Airways said in a statement.

“Communication was safely restored within a few minutes. As a precaution, the German Air Force deployed its aircraft to ensure the safety of the flight and its guests. The flight with 330 guests and 15 crew subsequently landed at London without incident,” it said.

“Jet Airways has duly reported the matter to the concerned authorities including the DGCA. As part of the standard process, the flight crew of 9W 118 has been de-rostered pending investigation,” it added.
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Here’s the link of the video covering Jet Airways flight being escorted by jets

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Glad that nothing happened to the related flight. I guess it was a chaos as more than 300 lives could be in danger at that time. Glad that they can escorted the plane and landed safely

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Indeed it was suspected a possible hijack. Thnk God everyones safe

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It’s more easy than you think to ‘lose contact’ especially coming across Afghanistan etc.

You are required to make multiple ‘call aheads’ coming from India as you cross Pakistan into Afghanistan etc. This normally involves using the second radio on differing frequencies from Guard allowing you to call ahead and get FIR boundary crossing clearances.

Unfortunately, what can often happen, is that the second radio gets left tuned to an ATC frequency instead of 121.5. When you then mis-hear or mis-read a frequency change (and there are a lot of them in Germany believe me!) you lose contact on Box 1 and you don’t realise you haven’t got Guard on Box 2 so you just believe that no one is calling you! The you see the jets!

I feel for them!

(It’s much more fun from the QRA!!!)

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Has this ever happened to you?

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I’ve never been intercepted no. Friends of mine have been and other mates have done the intercepting!!!

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What’s the country with the nicest and most polite ATC?

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Every Country i guess :)

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It’s not the country it’s the controller! I’ve had brusque ATC in lots of countries and excellent ATC in lots too!!!

I feel it very much depends upon their workload at the time. It’s a very stressful job as you can imagine and I have almost always received a fantastic service in my 30 years of flying!

ATC is there to help and assist you!!!

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Haha I always thought the New York controllers were slightly rude, there is a video on YouTube where the pilot is rude, I will try and find it

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Jet Airways Don’t Operate Boeing 747 it’s a fake image but how they lost ATC?

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I just googled in order to display the airways. Thnx for telling sir I’ll replace it

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The Youtube videos only have a ‘snap shot’ of JFK ATC. When you’ve sat for a couple of hours in the departure line listening to the ground frequency on a cold winters snowy night you’ll get the real reason that JFK ATC come across as ‘abrupt’ it can be organised chaos!!!

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Any idea what was the registeration number of this aircraft?

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It was a Boeing 777-300ER

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On a 737 (700 from how it looks)? Crazy!

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No, that is a random image for the airline brand.

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I distinctly recall this note on Cuban enroute charts that read: “Aircraft must contact Havana 10 minutes prior to entering the Havana FIR, failure to do so may result in being shot down”. I don’t think it’s that bad anymore, but it did say that.

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Yep, oddly enough it also says such things on the Yemen air charts as well!!

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See plenty of that on maritime charts as well. Particularly in the “Southern Med” as well as some parts of Africa coast ( well not shot down…but fired on!)

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