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Venezuelan Fighters Scrambled to Intercept Colombian Jetliner

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Venezuelan Fighters Scrambled to Intercept Colombian Jetliner

Venezuelan Fighters Scrambled to Intercept Colombian Jetliner
October 22
09:29 2016

MIAMI — Unofficial reports claim that two Venezuelan Air Force fighters intercepted a Madrid-bound Avianca flight, escorting the jetliner until it left Venezuela’s airspace.

Flight Avianca AV14, operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (N791AV • MSN 37509 • LN 460) experienced a failure in its ADS-B transceiver, disabling the identification and altitude information, causing the alert and scrambling of two Sukhoi SU-30 MKII fighters to intercept the aircraft.

A Venezuelan Sukhoi SU-30MK II. (Credits: Airways Airchive)

A Venezuelan Sukhoi SU-30 MKII. (Credits: Airways Airchive)

The jetliner, carrying 250 passengers onboard, continued its normal course to Spain, and landed at Madrid Barajas International Airport 50 minutes behind schedule.

Avianca reported the incident to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense of Colombia. Meanwhile, the Colombian carrier has instructed to not to fly over Venezuela, and has cancelled its Bogota and Lima flights to Caracas, in order to prevent further incidents.

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  1. Pileits
    Pileits October 23, 09:35

    I very much dislike Caracas when I was flying in and out of there in the early 2000s
    The place just felt VERY unsafe to me.

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