Hey guys and dolls. Wasn't sure where to put this so please move if needed
This happened on Monday, however I have not seen anything posted here on it. It's nothing amazing but I thought it would be nice to let you know
Also, it's a good example of how over-dramatic some people are, including the media.
On Monday, Monarch Flight ZB983 from Madeira to Birmingham lost contact with French ATC, which then scrambled a fighter jet to intercept the craft.
By the time the jet caught up to the flight, communications were re-established and the flight landed as normal. No drama...
Apart from the fact that it has been classed as "Mid-air Terror". Really?
"It was right by our window. It was so close you could see the pilot. It seemed to follow us and there was a small amount of panic – everyone on
our plane stood up to have a look. Some people were anxious. My husband asked if the pilot would make a statement but he didn’t speak to us during
the whole flight. We fly that route several times a year and it’s very unusual. One of the stewards said it was a French Army service and another
said it was doing a recce. We are frequent flyers and we had never seen anything like it."
– Caroline Regan, passenger
I understand that seeing a jet fighter next to your plane IS NOT normal. However, surely by now the majority of people should know it is standard
routine if the slightest of issues has occurred. Sure, the flight could have been hi-jacked but I can't help but feel that most of the time people
would know about it. I.E crew going crazy trying to get into the cockpit etc.
I imagine the pilot didn't make a statement because he was not allowed to? **Maybe someone in the know could clarify my personal guess here?**
Just my opinion. But it's a bit dramatic. I used the source I used because they actually play down the incident. I also saw this on DM website, and
as usual they thought the world was going to end haha
Anyways, nothing to go mad over, just my opinion on something.