harleyf150
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Virgin Atlantic Flight Escorted To Land By F18

Sun Oct 29, 2006 5:36 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SlxazYdXxM&mode=related&search=

Came across this link on you tube of what looks to be a Virgin A340-600 en route from Heathrow to New York being told to land at Halifax whilst being escorted by a F18 does anyone know when this happened and why it was told to land in Halifax,never heard any news of this in UK Thanks
 
gh123
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Flight Escorted To Land By F18

Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:56 pm

I'm suprised nobody has an answer about this.
 
RichardPrice
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Flight Escorted To Land By F18

Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:06 pm

There was a VS flight lat year that accidentally put its transponder on the frequency for 'hijacked', and it was escorted into Halifax as a precaution.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,158515,00.html

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2005/06/03/airplane-diverted050603.html
 
gh123
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Flight Escorted To Land By F18

Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:10 pm

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 2):

Thank you!
 
dutchjet
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Flight Escorted To Land By F18

Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:11 pm

Is the video on YourTube from a recent event? YourTube is not a news organization - this video posting could be from the event mentioned above":

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 2):
There was a VS flight lat year that accidentally put its transponder on the frequency for 'hijacked', and it was escorted into Halifax as a precaution.
 
ChiGB1973
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Flight Escorted To Land By F18

Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:41 am

Did they ever determine how the transponder managed to get to the "hijacked" frequency?
 
Leezyjet
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Flight Escorted To Land By F18

Mon Oct 30, 2006 9:47 am

Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 5):
Did they ever determine how the transponder managed to get to the "hijacked" frequency?

There was a problem with it, only on that one particular a/c. From what I heard it had to be removed and sent to the manufacturer for testing. Never heard what was wrong with it.

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Bohlman
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Flight Escorted To Land By F18

Mon Oct 30, 2006 2:05 pm

What happens to pilots in situations like this?
I'm not pro-Boeing or pro-Airbus, I'm pro-crew all the way.
 
DLKAPA
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Flight Escorted To Land By F18

Mon Oct 30, 2006 2:16 pm

how do you explain that to your passengers?

"uhhh ladies and gentleman if you look out the left side of the aircraft, you'll notice we have a friendly wingman escorting us to Halifax because I set the wrong Squawk code on the transponder. We hope you enjoy the rest of the flight thanks for flying Virgin Atlantic."
And all at once the crowd begins to sing: Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same
 
VonRichtofen
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Flight Escorted To Land By F18

Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:07 pm

From an a.netters point of view those pax were lucky to get an air-air view of a CF-18 Big grin

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