British Airways A320 over Switzerland on Jul 5th 2018, loss of communication

Last Update: July 5, 2018 / 20:27:20 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 5, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
BA-610

Destination
Palermo, Italy

Aircraft Registration
G-EUUN

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

A British Airways Airbus A320-200, registration G-EUUN performing flight BA-610 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Palermo (Italy), entered Swiss airspace at FL370 from French airspace however, did not report on Swiss frequencies. French ATC also were unable to raise the aircraft. After several attempts to contact the aircraft by Swiss ATC the controller advised military aircraft would intercept the A320. About 2-3 attempts later the crew finally responded reporting they didn't know what happened, after switching to the new frequency they could not get contact and upon returning to the previous frequency they also did not get any contact. The aircraft continued to Palermo for a safe landing about 3 hours later.

A listener on frequency reported Swiss ATC radioed at least 4 times about an impending intercept by Swiss Hornets. While the intercept aircraft were already airborne ATC tried again to contact the crew for 2 or 3 times, however, without response. Finally the aircraft responded, the Swiss fighter pilots congratulated the crew for the special show they had just received.

According to information The Aviation Herald received ATC contacted the airline's dispatch with the correct frequency, dispatch sent a message with the frequency to the crew via ACARS.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 5, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
BA-610

Destination
Palermo, Italy

Aircraft Registration
G-EUUN

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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