German Nuke Plants Shuttered, Jets Scrambled When Plane Vanishes from Radar After 'Frequency Shift'
Five nuclear power plants in Germany were briefly shut down after a commercial plane lost radio contact while flying over German airspace.
The Air India jet, with 231 passengers and 18 crew members on board, was traveling from Ahmedabad to London when it went missing from air traffic control radio frequencies for 22 minutes from 10:27am GMT Friday morning.
The communications blackout resulted in two German Luftwaffe fighter jets being scrambled to escort the plane, Spiegel reported.
As part of “pre-alarm” measures in Germany, fighter jets are on standby to assess any wayward aircraft traveling in the nation’s airspace that could pose a threat.