Incident: TAM A320 over Brazil on Oct 25th 2012, losscomm, loss of radar contact and non-compliance with flight plan claimed
|By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Oct 29th 2012 16:56Z, last updated Monday, Oct 29th 2012 16:56Z|
A TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A320-200, registration PR-MHM performing flight JJ-3665 from Aracaju,SE to Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP (Brazil), was climbing out of Aracaju when radio communication with the aircraft was lost. The aircraft continued towards Sao Paulo. Forca Aerea Brazil however, having lost radar contact with the aircraft, dispatched a fighter aircraft to accompany the A320 and restore radar contact. Radio communication was eventually restored after about one hour and the aircraft landed safely in Sao Paulo on schedule about 2 hours after departure.
Forca Aerea Brazil reported, that the aircraft lost radio and radar contact and did not follow their flight plan diverting from their assigned route, hence an abnormal scenario was declared and a fighter aircraft dispatched to intercept and accompany the A320 to provide a radar target instead of the A320.
The airline reported that radar contact was assured at all times, however parts of the flight were conducted without radio contact and in compliance with flight plan and clearances. Contact with ATC was eventually restored. The cause of the loss of communication is under investigation.
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