Captjetblast From Argentina, joined Aug 2001, 281 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5300 times:
A few days ago, a commercial flight bound to Buenos Aires emitting the hijacking signal (7700 ?) caused panic, and Argentina Air Force jets were ready to scramble. Once the pilot regained communications, he explained it was a mistake, he wanted to emit the no radios signal (7777 ?), but mistook it.
Sorry I don't remember the flight number and operator.
Of course, the plane was escorted till the end of the runway, where all the formal procedures took place.
Pilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5244 times:
hey there jet blast. The hijack signal is alpha code 7500. 7700 is for emergency. I was told in college to always squawk down from 7 and not up as 7777 is a military code used on some training missions and unmanned shoot downs...can anyone confirm this?
it's quite a story, who knows what was going on in the cockpit? Good thing no one was shot down...you never know!
The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!