The world is yet to understand the mystery behind the disappearance of the Malaysian MH370 from after months of that unfortunate incident. And now another one is coming.
According to the UK Daily Mail, a total of 13 aircraft suddenly vanished off radars for about 25 minutes on two occasions while flying over Austria. In what is being billed as ‘unprecedented’ circumstances, the incidents on June 5 and few days back saw the flight data disappear from air controller screens.
Austria’s flight safety organisation admitted that the height, location and other information for a total of 13 aircraft mysteriously vanished from radars. It is believed that some of the planes were long-haul flights carrying passengers on board.
Markus Pohanka, a spokesman for Austro Control, said relevant EU agencies have been asked to investigate the ‘unprecedented’ situation…
He added that other unnamed neighbouring countries had similar incidents and the EU’s Eurocontrol, and European Aviation Safety Agency has been asked for a probe.
Pohanka did not identify the other nations that the European flights were flying over when they disappeared from secondary surveillance radars.
However, a report in the Kurier newspaper said as well as in Vienna in Austria, flight controllers in Munich and Karlsruhe in Germany, and in Prague, the Czech Republic, and Bratislava in Slovakia also reported related problems.
The report said German air traffic control had confirmed the black outs, adding that the reason there were no collisions was due to the air traffic controllers.
Air traffic was conducted ‘blind’ – by voice only – during the temporary outage, it claimed.
The Boeing 777 – with 239 passengers and crew on board – vanished from civilian radar screens about an hour into the night flight.
The search for the flight – which involves countries including the UK, the US, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand – has so far recovered nothing.
Pohanka declined to confirm that or to say which airlines and planes were involved. But he suggested that at least some may have been long-distance passenger aircraft, based on their high altitudes.
When asked what had caused the black out, Pohanka said no error was indicated on the operating system, but they would have to wait to hear the results of the investigation.