Close call: German fighter jets ascend for civilian airplane
A Korean Air passenger plane had to make an emergency landing at the Stuttgart airport after it lost the radio contact with air traffic control on July 16, 2017. The aircraft was escorted by two German military jets.
The Korean aircraft was headed from Seoul, South Korea to Zurich, Switzerland and was flying over Germany when it lost radio contact with air traffic control. Two fighter jets escorted the plane to Stuttgart airport, where it made an emergency landing.
The plane remained grounded overnight for technical issues inspection, which revealed that there was, in fact, a problem with the radio transmitters. During the incident, the Boeing 777 was carrying 211 passengers.
It is the second similar incident over a period of a week. On July 14 similar incident occurred with an Egyptian passenger plane that also had communication problems. On this instance the military jets were also deployed, but the plane didn’t have to be grounded as it eventually regained radio contact.