France B773 over Northern Italy on Mar 22nd 2018, loss of communication
Last Update: March 22, 2018 / 16:46:54 GMT/Zulu time
A number of ground witnesses e-mailed The Aviation Herald about hearing two booms, they believed were sonic booms. A ground observer watched in the Aosta region seeing the contrails of the Boeing and the two fighter aircraft.
Initially Italian Air Force was quoted to state the aircraft entered Italian Airspace in southern Italy without talking to ATC. The Air Force subsequently released a press release stating the aircraft suddenly lost contact with Italian ATC. Two Eurofighter Aircraft were dispatched to intercept the Boeing and verify that the aircraft had not been hijacked.
According to radar data the aircraft had crossed into Italian Airspace from Greek Airspace near Brindisi about 80 minutes prior to entering the full circle.
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