Korean B773 near Berlin on Jul 15th 2017, loss of communication

Last Update: July 16, 2017 / 09:33:37 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 15, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
KE-917

Aircraft Registration
HL8011

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

A Korean Airlines Boeing 777-300, registration HL8011 performing flight KE-917 from Seoul (South Korea) to Zurich (Switzerland) with 211 passengers, was enroute FL380 almost over Berlin (Germany) when the crew set the transponder code for loss of communication. German Airforce dispatched two supersonic fighter aircraft to intercept the aircraft and accompany the aircraft to Stuttgart (Germany), about 80nm north of Zurich, where the aircraft landed safely on runway 07 about 55 minutes later.

German police reported the aircraft was escorted to Stuttgart due to a problem with the aircraft's radio equipment. Police received some 250 phone calls due to the sonic boom produced by the fighter aircraft.

The passengers were taken to the terminal in Stuttgart. Due to night curfew, lack of available hotel beds and lack of transportation the passengers spent the night at the terminal on cots and were bussed to Zurich the following morning.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Stuttgart about 11 hours after landing.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 15, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
KE-917

Aircraft Registration
HL8011

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

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