Ernest A320 near Kosice on Jun 23rd 2019, loss of communication prompts intercept

Last Update: June 25, 2019 / 21:55:26 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 23, 2019

Classification
Incident

Flight number
ERN-547

Destination
Kharkov, Ukraine

Aircraft Registration
EI-LIX

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

An Ernest Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration EI-LIX performing flight ERN-547 from Milan Malpensa (Italy) to Kharkov (Ukraine), was enroute at FL360 near Kosice (Slovakia) when two North Atlantic Alliance MIG-29 were scrambled to establish contact with the aircraft after radio contact with ATC had been lost, the interceptor aircraft caused sonic booms over Slovakia while proceeding towards the airliner at about 21:30L (19:30Z). Radio contact was re-established with the airliner and the airliner continued to Kharkov for a safe landing. The fighter aircraft returned to their Sliac (Slovakia) air base.

Slovakia's Ministry of Defense confirmed the booms heard by residents on the ground were caused by MIG-29 figter aircraft intercepting the flight to re-establish radio contact.

The flight, scheduled to depart Milan at 10:00L actually departed with a delay of 10:15 hours.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 23, 2019

Classification
Incident

Flight number
ERN-547

Destination
Kharkov, Ukraine

Aircraft Registration
EI-LIX

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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