For almost half an hour, 13 aircraft vanished from air traffic controllers’ radar screens as they flew at high altitude above continental Europe, it has been revealed. It was a scene eerily reminiscent of Malaysian Airlines ill fated flight MH 370 that vanished, never to be seen again.
The “unprecedented” disappearances happened on 5 June and 10 June, hitting control rooms in Austria and neighbouring countries.
The relevant EU agencies have been asked to investigate, according to Austria’s flight safety organisation. Marcus Pohanka of Austro Control said the height, location, identities and other information for a total of 13 aircraft suddenly vanished.
He said several neighbouring countries had similar incidents and the EU’s Eurocontrol and European Aviation Safety Agency has been asked for a probe. He did not identify the other nations. but it has been reported in the media that flight controllers in Munich and Karlsruhe in Germany, and in Prague, the Czech Republic, also reported related problems.
No reason for this differences has been ascertained as yet.
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