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    EasyJet Airbus Worry

    Pilot feared UK-bound easyJet flight would be shot down after losing radio contact

    A holiday jet returning to the UK suffered a major electrical system fault in which the crew lost all radio contact with the ground.

    The pilots of the Bristol-bound easyJet Airbus A319 were so concerned that they feared they might be intercepted by military aircraft, a report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found.

    They were also worried that if they deviated from the flight plan and diverted to another airfield this 'might be considered a hostile action' which could have led to 'offensive measures being taken against their aircraft'.

    At one point the plane's transponder signal was lost for about 10 minutes, during which time the aircraft was not visible to air traffic control radar at Brest in northern France.

    This led to the easyJet plane coming closer to another aircraft than would normally be permitted, the report said.

    The captain, one of six crew on board the aircraft which was carrying 138 passengers, decided to land as scheduled at Bristol and the plane touched down safely.

    Describing the incident as 'serious', the AAIB said the potential effect of loss of all three VHF radios was categorised by airworthiness authorities as 'major' but, in the current security climate, was judged to be more severe.

    The plane was flying from Alicante in Spain on the morning of September 15, 2006 and had experienced a fault affecting the number one left electrical generator on the outward Bristol to Alicante flight.

    Flying over Nantes in France on the return trip to Bristol, the aircraft's electrical system failed which caused a number of the plane's systems to become degraded or inoperative.

    This meant the plane could only be flown manually, all its radios became inoperative and the captain's flight instrument displays went blank.

    Attempts to get the electrical system corrected failed and the flight crew were unable to contact air traffic control for the rest of the flight.

    The aircraft landed normally at Bristol 'with the radios and several other systems still inoperative', the AAIB report said.

    The AAIB made 10 further safety recommendations to add to the four it made in an earlier report in December 2006.

    Today's report said that the reasons why the electrical system 'could not be reconfigured by the flight crew could not be established'.

    The report said that the number one generator control unit had repeatedly been rejected from service prior to the incident, possibly because of recurrence of the same intermittent fault, and returned to service 'without the fault having been found, but still present'.

    The AAIB also said no effective system was in place at Airbus's repair organisation to identify units repeatedly rejected from service and not found to be faulty or units suffering repetitive faults.

    An easyJet spokeswoman said today: 'The AAIB report has concluded that easyJet's pilots acted in accordance with current standard operating procedures and that they managed the flight professionally under demanding conditions.'

    A spokesman said the military would contact the flight centre and there would have been no danger of the easyJet aircraft being shot down. He also denied that the plane would have been closer to other aircraft.

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    Re: EasyJet Airbus Worry

    Rules are, if you loose radio contact, fly your flight plan. Or what ever the last instruction by ATC.

    It's been a while, I think there is more to that, just can't remember

    Matt Olieman

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