Fighter jets scrambled to intercept Air France flight
An Air France flight to Newcastle, UK, received an RAF escort following failed communications over the country’s airspace.
AF1558, an Avro Rj85 aircraft operated by CityJet, is reported to have flown off-course and lost communication over Yorkshire, at which point the Royal Air Force scrambled fighter jets in order to identify the civilian aircraft.
Following the incident, a RAF spokesperson said: “Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched today from RAF Coningsby to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft.
“Communications were re-established and the aircraft has been safely landed.”
Air France confirmed the occurrence and tweeted: “Air France confirms that due to a radio communication problem AF1558 had to be accompanied by two British fighter aircrafts.”
It has not been reported what cause communication failure of the aircraft.