SAS A20N over North Sea on Feb 5th 2024, loss of communication

Last Update: February 5, 2024 / 19:12:14 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 5, 2024

Classification
Incident

Flight number
SK-4609

Departure
Oslo, Norway

Aircraft Registration
EI-SIU

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320-200N

ICAO Type Designator
A20N

A SAS Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A320-200N, registration EI-SIU performing flight SK-4609 from Oslo (Norway) to Manchester,EN (UK), was enroute at FL380 over the North Sea when the crew lost contact with Air Traffic Control. The Royal Air Force dispatched two Typhoon Fighter Aircraft to intercept the A320, which entered a hold (one racetrack) near Newcaste upon Tyne,EN (UK) in the meantime. The aircraft subsequently continued the flight to Manchester accompanied by the Typhoons and landed safely on Manchester's runway 23R about 50 minutes after the aircraft entered the hold.

The aircraft remained on the ground in Manchester for about 2 hours, then was able to depart for the return flight.

Manchester Airport reported they understand the aircraft was escorted due to a technical problem and communication has subsequently been restored.

Britain's Ministry of Defense reported their quick reaction Typhoons have been launched to intercept a civil aircraft that lost communication. Communication was re-established and the aircraft was escorted to Manchester.

The airline reported the aircraft suffered a brief and temporary loss of communication and was escorted to Manchester.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
EI-SIU
Country of Registration
Ireland
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
AIRBUS INDUSTRIE
Aircraft Model / Type
A320-251N
ICAO Aircraft Type
A20N
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 5, 2024

Classification
Incident

Flight number
SK-4609

Departure
Oslo, Norway

Aircraft Registration
EI-SIU

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320-200N

ICAO Type Designator
A20N

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