Pacific Aircorp B763 over London on Dec 1st 2019, loss of communication

Last Update: December 2, 2019 / 11:46:37 GMT/Zulu time

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Dec 1, 2019


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A Pacific Aircorp Boeing 767-300, registration N725SH performing ferry flight JTN-9185 (Jet Test 9185) from Tel Aviv (Israel) to Portsmouth,NH (USA), was enroute at FL380 over London,EN (UK) when the crew detected communication with ATC had been lost. While the crew was working to restore communication, two Typhoon fighter aircraft intercepted the aircraft, the Boeing flight crew flashed the landing lights to acknowledge the intercept and managed to restore communication on guard frequency. About 20 minutes after communication was lost communication with ATC was re-established, the fighter aircraft returned to their base and the Boeing continued across the Atlantic to Portsmouth (and later to Phoenix Goodyear Airport,AZ (USA)). The aircraft landed in Portsmouth about 6.5 hours after communication had been lost over the UK.

The crew told Israeli media that their radio went down, it took them about 10 minutes to realize the radio wasn't working. They then worked to restore radio communication when a fighter aircraft pulled alongside them causing nearly a heart attack to the Boeing captain. They flashed their landing lights to acknowledge the intercept, and while they just had restore communication with ATC about 10 minutes after detecting the radios weren't working, they also established radio contact on guard frequency with the fighter aircraft. The fighter aircraft remained at their side for about 5 minutes.

Sonice booms had been heard between RAF Coningsby across Hertfordshire into London. The UK Ministry of Defense confirmed two Typhoon fighter aircraft had been dispatched to intercept an aircraft that had lost radio contact in UK Airspace, the communication was restored and the fighters returned to their base.

N725SH (MSN 27993) had previously been operated by El Al with tailnumber 4X-EAN and changed hands to Pacific Aircorp on Nov 20th 2019.
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 1, 2019


Aircraft Registration

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-300

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