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.
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.