Ethiopian B763 over Balkan and Mediterranean on Oct 15th 2022, loss of communication causes intercept
Last Update: October 16, 2022 / 16:35:27 GMT/Zulu time
A listener on frequency reported the crew had been in contact with Zagreb Control and was handed off to the next frequency, but did not report on the next frequency and continued to not be heard for more than an hour although all ATC stations and many other aircraft tried to raise them. Once the aircraft was in Greek Airspace, Athens Control advised they'd be launching fighter aircraft to intercept them, these calls also remaining without reply. Once the fighter aircraft had reached the 767, close to the border with Egypt, the crew "suddenly" reported on the correct frequency to Athens Control and got an "earful" by ATC. The International Guard Frequency had been "crazy" with all the aircraft and ATCs trying to contact the aircraft.
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