LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6 Posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2610 times:
An Air Malta flight en route to Morocco was forced to return to base yesterday morning after it failed to receive a signal from the control tower in Algeria, probably as a result of an earthquake there.
The aircraft was entering Algerian air space about 40 minutes into its three-and-a-half hour flight when signals to the control tower in Algiers remained unanswered, a spokesman for Air Malta said.
As a safety measure, the captain decided to return to Malta.
Airchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2519 times:
Hi LMML 14/32
Yes that's correct....I was on nightshift and we heard from Eurocontrol that all Algerian airspace had been closed due to the earthquake so had to route the LHR-JNB/LOS flights via Libya instead. The airspace was planned to be closed all day Thur....not sure if it's back open yet.