KQ admits Boeing plane lost contact in Germany en route to Netherlands, 5 days after incident Kenya News
- Kenya Airways said the pilots were able to reestablish communications using an alternate frequency and continued the flight
- The Kenyan carrier said the incident was not uncommon in aviation
- The company said an aircraft could sometimes lose contact with ATC for a variety of reasons, including a power outage.
Kenya Airways (KQ) has confirmed that its plane has temporarily lost contact with air traffic control (ATC) as it flew over Germany.
During the incident on Monday, September 20, the 5Y-KZE aircraft, a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, was en route to Amsterdam in the Netherlands from Nairobi.
Confirming the incident on Saturday, September 25, five days later, KQ said the pilots were able to reestablish communications using an alternate frequency and continued the flight.
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Following the breakdown of communication, Aviation Herald reported that two Eurofighters had been dispatched to intercept the plane causing “wake-up” calls by supersonic booms to numerous residents on the ground of Landshut in Frankfurt.
The interception resulted in the re-establishment of communication and the Dreamliner continued to Amsterdam for a safe landing approximately 30 minutes later.
A common incident
However, the national carrier said the incident was not uncommon in aviation.
The loss-making company said an aircraft could sometimes lose contact with ATC for a variety of reasons, including a power failure, when flying in an area of ââpoor reception or a missed frequency.
The airline, in a statement, said KQ and ATC in those jurisdictions were investigating the incident to determine the cause and take corrective action.
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The national carrier said the wage cuts, which were made at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, will last for several months to come, as the airline strives to cut costs.
Airline workers signed new pay cut contracts of up to 30% in January, which were to remain in effect for a period of six to 12 months, subject to quarterly review.
During the period ending June 2021, KQ recorded a net loss of KSh 11.48 billion, marking a decrease of 19.8% from the loss of KSh 14.33 billion recorded during a similar period in 2020.
Source: Tuko News