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Air Astana Plane Makes Emergency Landing at Beja Airport

Air Astana flight KC-1388 made an emergency landing at Beja Airport, Portugal, on November 11th.

The plane took off from Alverca Airport, Portugal, but lost control shortly afterwards. The crew declared an emergency and subsequently landed safely at Beja Airport.

The airline confirmed that the plane was carrying six crew members and that there were no passengers aboard.

Portuguese Air Force had also dispatched F16 fighter jets to escort the plane.

Fighter Jets Intercept Vulkan Air Flight After Loss of Communication

Vulkan Air flight VKA-143 was intercepted by Italian Air Force fighter jets on the way to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Italy, on September 16th.

The incident happened after the plane flying from Tangier, Morocco, lost communication with the ATC.

The plane subsequently landed safely. The fighter jets returned to the base.

Fighter Jets Intercept Ryanair Flight Over Netherlands

Ryanair flight FR-9525 was intercepted by Belgian fighter aircraft over Netherlands, on February 10th.

The aircraft were dispatched after the Boeing 737-800 plane, heading from Lublin, Poland, to London Stansted Airport, England, lost contact with the ATC.

The communication was subsequently re-established, and the fighter jets returned to their bases.

The flight continued to London Stansted Airport.

Fighter Jets Escort Air Algerie Flight to Lyon, France

Air Algerie flight AH-1460 was intercepted by two French fighter jets on the way to Lyon, France, on January 9th.

The Mirage 2000 fighter jets were dispatched after the Boeing 737-800 plane, flying from Constantine, Algeria, lost communication with the ATC.

The plane continued for a safe landing under escort. All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

Fighter Jets Escort Air India Plane After it Loses Communication

Air India flight AI-171 was intercepted by fighter jets on March 10th.

The Boeing 787-800 plane was heading from Ahmedabad, India, to Heathrow Airport, England, when it lost communication. Czech fighter jets were dispatched to intercept the plane and were able to communicate with the captain. The captain signaled about having technical issues due to which they were unable to communicate with the ATC.

The fighter jets from Germany, Belgium, and United Kingdom subsequently took over in their respective airspaces and escorted the plane until it safely landed at Heathrow airport.

There were 231 passengers and 18 crew members aboard at the time; all of them remained safe.

Domestic Squabble and Bomb Threat on Pia Flight

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On May 24, 2013, a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777-340ER was en route from Allama Iqbal Int’l to Manchester when a stewardess told the Captain Nadeem Sufi that a passenger had threatened to bomb the plane. Sixty miles east of their destination, the pilot diverted to Stansted Airport with a British fighter escort.

Mr. Mohammad Shafqat and Ms. Ammara Ashraf had been fighting with eight family members, and when the argument escalated, the two were taken into custody and then released.

During the domestic fight, two men who approached the cockpit were also arrested aboard the plane, handcuffed, and taken into custody to the police station at Stansted. The case is being treated as a criminal rather than terror case.

There were 11 crew and 297 passengers aboard.

Although the Pakistani High Commission blames the pilot for making a decision that puts PIA in a bad light, we believe that the fact that because Captain Sufi landed the plane without injury or loss of life, then he made the right decision.

Onur Airbus Escorted Over Germany

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Contact photographer Sebastian Lukasiewicz

What: Onur Air Airbus A321-200 en route from Manchester to Cyprus
Where: Germany
When: Aug 20 2011
Why: The airbus was a source of concern when it lost communication for a quarter of an hour while over Germany, during which time a sonic boom was heard.

The two fighter jet “escorts” were the probable source of the sonic boom which disturbed residents’ peace of mind.

Communications were restored and the flight continued to Cyprus as scheduled.

RAF Escorts Etihad with Unruly Passenger

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Contact photographer Marvin My

What: Etihad Airlines Airbus A340-600 en route from Abu Dhabi to Heathrow
Where: Stansted airport, north of London.
When: Jan 24, 2011
Who: 37-year-old British man
Why: After a passenger made threats, the flight was provided two Royal Air Force jets as escort. The flight diverted to Stansted airport where the plane made a safe landing,and the passenger was taken into custody. There were no injuries.

The unruly passenger did not threaten the safety of the aircraft.

Tunis Air: Armed Escort over France

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Contact photographer William Verguet

What: Tunis Air Airbus A300-600 en route from Tunis to Paris
Where: French Airspace
When: Aug 19 2010
Why: Over France, the Tunisian flight was met and escorted to Orly by French Fighters. Then there’s a discrepancy: Tunis Air says they were in contact with Air Traffic Control the entire time, but the airport, apparently did not get a response on the radio, which brought in the “big guns.” Or to be exact, “There was a concern for communication, the aircraft was flying a little low and not responding to radio, the alert was triggered.” The incident was called a “miscommunication.” Air Tunis was taken completely by surprise.

George’s Point of View

It will be interesting to see what the BEA makes of all this.

TAP Air Portugal Airbus loses Communication-Gets Fighter Jet escort

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Contact photographer Stefan Sonnenberg

What: TAP Air Portugal Airbus A320-200 en route from Lisbon to Copenhagen
Where: Belgium
When: Oct 18th 2009
Why: Flying into Belgium, the flight lost communication with ATC for about 35 minutes. When ATC could not regain communication, two German fighters intercepted the plane near the Netherlands. Radio contact was restored and the flight landed without problems in Copenhagen

Mooney Crash over Indiana

Pictured: A Mooney M20M
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Contact photographer Gary Chambers

What: Mooney M20M en route from Grand Rapids to Traverse City
Where: northwestern Randolph County three miles east of Albany
When: Wednesday at 12:43 p.m.
Who: David J. Eyde
Why: Speculation is that Eyde lost consciousness of hypoxia while flying over Michigan, the crisis somehow involving the plane’s air supply at 23000 feet. Air National Guard pilots could see the pilot, unconscious in the cockpit. The plane flew till it’s 4 hours of fuel ran out.

The plane crashed while out of control, and being followed by F-16 fighter jets

Miniliner sans Radio Escorted to France

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Contact Photographer Carl Hendriks

What: Miniliner Fokker 27-500 (Dutch Air Cargo) en route from Madrid to Liege
Where: near Troyes France
When: Aug 13th 2009
Who: 2 crew
Why: While en route, the flight lost radio and transponder. The French Air Force provided two two Mirage F1 jets and a patrol reconnaissance to escort the plane to land safely in Chalons France.

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