A German Boeing 737 airliner was cut off from communication and Italian fighter planes were intercepted in an emergency lift-off. (Source: Italian Air Force)
Overseas Network, April 11, local time, 9, a German Boeing 737 aircraft overflew the Republic of Montenegro, once lost contact with air traffic controllers (ATC), two Italian Typhoon fighter planes were then launched to intercept.
According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, the Italian Air Force confirmed that two Typhoon fighter planes were dispatched by the Italian Air Force on the morning of September 9 to intercept a German Tutorial Airlines Boeing 737 from Frankfurt to Helgada, Egypt, over the Republic of Montenegro.
Reported that the reason for the interception was that the airliner lost contact with air traffic controllers when flying over the Republic of Montenegro. The interception was decided by NATOs Joint Air Operations Centre in Torrehon. The two fighters came from Joya Del Core Air Base in southern Italy and belonged to the 12th Squadron of the 36th Unit of the Italian Air Force. Two fighters returned to base after Boeing 737 resumed contact with the ground.
The flight trajectory of the German Boeing 737, which once lost contact with the ground. (Source: Flightradar24)
Reported that this is the first time that such incidents have occurred in Montenegros airspace since NATO launched its alliance air police mission in June 2018. On June 5, 2017, Montenegro formally joined NATO and became the 29th member of NATO. Since the country does not have its own fighter aircraft, it requires NATO allies to help protect its airspace.
On May 29, 2018, NATO issued a statement that it would provide air defence to Montenegro, a new member country. The statement states that fighter planes from NATO allies Italy and Greece will conduct air patrols in Montenegro from 5 June of the same year. Once a military or civilian aircraft is in distress, or an aircraft enters Montenegros airspace in violation of international regulations, these fighters will immediately start air vigilance.
According to NATO rules, the Allied Air Force has at least two combat aircraft in combat readiness 24 hours a day, and allies lacking air force can seek multinational support to protect their airspace.
Source: Overseas Network Responsible Editor: Pan Qingqing_NBJS5830