Vueling A320 over Czechia on May 27th 2016, loss of communication prompts intercept

Last Update: May 28, 2016 / 21:29:34 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 27, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
Vueling

Flight number
VY-8549

Destination
Barcelona, Spain

Aircraft Registration
EC-MER

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

A Vueling Airbus A320-200, registration EC-MER performing flight VY-8549 from Helsinki (Finland) to Barcelona,SP (Spain), was enroute at FL380 about to enter Czech Airspace when the crew did not report on Czech Air Traffic Control frequencies around 18:47L (16:47Z). Calls to the aircraft on emergency freqency also remained unsuccessful. Two Czech Gripen fighter aircraft were dispatched to intercept the aircraft, after reaching the A320 there was still no response until about 3 minutes later, when communication was established on emergency frequency first, the crew of the A320 reporting they had difficulties contacting the next sector (no related loss of communication transponder code had been transmitted). After being told the correct frequency for Praha Control communication with Praha Control was established about 15 minutes after the aircraft entered Czech Airspace. The aircraft was soon handed off to Rhein Radar and continued to Barcelona for a safe landing about 2 hours later.

The aircraft continued its schedule on time.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 27, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
Vueling

Flight number
VY-8549

Destination
Barcelona, Spain

Aircraft Registration
EC-MER

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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