TAM A320 over Brazil on Oct 25th 2012, losscomm, loss of radar contact and non-compliance with flight plan claimed
Last Update: October 29, 2012 / 16:56:50 GMT/Zulu time
Forca Aerea Brazil reported, that the aircraft lost radio and radar contact and did not follow their flight plan diverting from their assigned route, hence an abnormal scenario was declared and a fighter aircraft dispatched to intercept and accompany the A320 to provide a radar target instead of the A320.
The airline reported that radar contact was assured at all times, however parts of the flight were conducted without radio contact and in compliance with flight plan and clearances. Contact with ATC was eventually restored. The cause of the loss of communication is under investigation.
Radar data available to The Aviation Herald confirm, that the transponder of PR-MHM was transmitting ADS-B data (superset of Mode-S) at all times. There was no loss of communication code received via the transponder.
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