LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6 Posted (11 years 7 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2341 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 (11 years 7 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2250 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.