Air India plane goes out of contact in Hungary, escorted by fighter jets
Air India said the incident occurred because of 'frequency fluctuation'. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph: (Others)
An Air India plane lost contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) in Hungary on Friday, the airline said.
The plane, AI171, had to be escorted by Hungarian fighter jets.
Air India said on Twitter that the incident occurred because of "frequency fluctuation".
#AI171 lost contact in Hungarian air space today. This happened due to frequency fluctuation. Flight landed safely (1/2)— Air India (@airindiain) March 10, 2017
...Pax well taken care & all pax are safe. Air India always takes well precaution of pax safety. (2/2)— Air India (@airindiain) March 10, 2017
The aircraft carrying 231 passengers and 18 crew members was on its way from Ahmedabad to London. It took off from Ahmedabad at 0700 hours landed safely at London's Heathrow Airport at 11.05 hours, a spokesperson for Air India said.
Media reports quoted an Air India official as saying that the plane lost contact for somewhere between 45 minutes to an hour. The pilots will reportedly be grounded till the matter is investigated.
On February 16, a Jet Airways plane had to be escorted by German Air Force fighter planes after it briefly lost contact with ATC in German air space.
The Boeing 777 aircraft was on its way from Mumbai to London when the incident occured.
After its interception by the fighter planes, contact was reestablished via the emergency frequency.