An Indian Jet Airways plane was escorted by two German Air Force planes after it lost contact with the Air Traffic Control on February 16, WION learnt today (February 19).
Jet Airways confirmed that the Boeing 777-300 aircraft was intercepted after it loss communication with the ATC. It stated that the flight had briefly lost contact with the ATC and communication was restored within a few minutes.
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).
Jet Airways B777-300, rego VT-JEX performing flight 9W-118 from Mumbai (India) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) .. when you don't respond to ATC.. pic.twitter.com/3PaGoI16Ka
The plane was on its way from India's Mumbai to London's Heathrow Airport.
Following the interception, contact was reestablished via the emergency frequency.
The crew subsequently reported on the correct ATC frequency and continued to London for a safe landing.
Aircraft interception is when one aircraft moves up to another aircraft. According to internationally standardised procedures, a military aircraft intercepts a civilian aircraft if it enters its national airspace without a filed flight plan, enters restricted or prohibited airspace through misnavigation, suffers from communication failures or is an aircraft that can not otherwise be identified.