United B764 over France on Dec 20th 2019, loss com invokes supersonic boom

Last Update: December 22, 2019 / 21:53:27 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 20, 2019

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-121

Aircraft Registration
N78060

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-400

ICAO Type Designator
B764

A United Boeing 767-400, registration N78060 performing flight UA-121 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Newark,NJ (USA), was enroute at FL300 over France when the crew did not contact/respond to French Air Traffic Control for considerable time after crossing from Spanish into French Airspace. French Rafale fighter aircraft were dispatched at about 10:40Z to intercept the aircraft causing sonic booms enroute to the rendezvous. When the fighter aircraft showed up at the side of the Boeing, the crew established contact with the fighter aircraft and then with ATC at about 11:14Z. The fighter aircraft returned to their base, the Boeing continued to Newark for a landing without further incident about 8 hours later.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 20, 2019

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-121

Aircraft Registration
N78060

Aircraft Type
Boeing 767-400

ICAO Type Designator
B764

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