F-15/16 Escort

Vueling F16 escort in Holland

Thursday, August 30, 2012
By George Hatcher

What: Vueling Airbus A320-200 en route from Malaga to Amsterdam Where: Amsterdam When: Aug 29 2012 Who: 183 passengers Why: While en route, the pilots of the Vueling Airbus lost contact with Dutch ATC. The lack of communication led the Airbus to be escorted by F16s to “establish visual contact with the crew.” On... »

Unstable Passenger Claims Bomb Implant

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
By George Hatcher
Unstable Passenger Claims Bomb Implant

Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net Contact photographer Giovanni Verbeeck What: US Airways B767 from Paris to Charlotte Where: Bangor Maine When: May 22, 2012 Who: 179 passengers, 9 crew Why: Around noon, Two F-15 fighter jets scrambled to intercept a US Airways plane where a French woman from Cameroon had handed... »

On Board Fisticuffs over Washington DC

Thursday, June 2, 2011
By George Hatcher
On Board Fisticuffs over Washington DC

Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net Contact photographer Gerry Stegmeier What: United Airlines Boeing 767 en route from Chantilly Virginia to Ghana Where: en route When: May 29 , 2011 Who: 144 passengers Why: After passenger one reclined his seat into passenger two’s lap, passenger two objected and slapped passenger one in... »

Belgium: Spanair Airbus Lost Communication

Friday, May 20, 2011
By George Hatcher
Belgium: Spanair Airbus Lost Communication

Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net Contact photographer Matthias Mai What: Spanair Airbus A320-200 en route from Barcelona to Stockholm Where: Belgium When: May 20th 2011 Why: While over Belgium, radio communication was disrupted. (This occurred during the handover to Dutch ATC.) A Dutch escort was sent (2 F-16s) to intercept. The... »

Brazil: F-5M Falling Parts

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
By George Hatcher
Brazil: F-5M Falling Parts

Pictured: two FAB’s F-5M simulating an IFR operation during the Brazilian Independence Day Parade Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net Contact photographer Ricardo de Farias Santos What: Brazilian F-5M fighter Where: military base in southern Brazil When: September 6, 2010 8:45 a.m. Why: During routine operations, a metal panel from the F-5M... »

Carelessness Begats F-15 Escort

Thursday, May 21, 2009
By George Hatcher

What: single-engine Piper en route from Florida to Louisiana Where: Galliano Airport When: Thursday morning Who: Ricky Navarro, 62, of Riverview, Fla. Why: Ricky Navarro was flying near the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) facility offshore and ventured into restricted airspace at which point Harbor Police were unable to reach him on the radio.... »

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