Sun Express Deutschland B738 over Slovakia on Jul 24th 2017, loss of communication

Last Update: July 27, 2017 / 18:52:14 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 24, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
XQ-714

Aircraft Registration
D-ASXD

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Sun Express Deutschland Boeing 737-800, registration D-ASXD performing flight XQ-714 from Samsun (Turkey) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was enroute at FL400 over Slovakia when ATC lost radio contact with the aircraft, the aircraft continued according to flight plan. Fighter Aircraft from Pardubice were dispatched by the Czech Republic to intercept the aircraft while flying over Czechia, the aircraft restored radio communication thereafter. In the meantime Germany's Airforce dispatched two Eurofighters to intercept the aircraft in supersonic flight, too, the fighter aircraft reached the Boeing near Hof (Germany) near the border between Czechia and Germany. About two minutes prior to the intercept near Hof the aircraft called Germany's Air Traffic Control on radio. Following a cockpit check the Eurofighters aborted their mission and returned to their home base. The Boeing 737-800 continued but diverted for a safe landing in Cologne (Germany).

Germany's Police reported that radio contact had been lost due to a pilot error.

Czech Media reported on Jul 27th 2017, that two Gripen fighter aircraft had been dispatched from Pardubice and intercepted the Boeing near Karlovy Vary. The fighter pilots established contact with the Boeing crew on emergency frequency, the boeing crew had a wrong ATC frequency selected and now established contact with Czech ATC on the correct frequency.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 24, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
XQ-714

Aircraft Registration
D-ASXD

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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