French and RAF fighter jets scrambled to intercept Ryanair flight

A Ryanair Boeing 737 was intercepted by two French Air and Space Force fighter jets this week and the Royal Air Force (RAF) scrambled a pair of Typhoons to respond, Key.Aero can exclusively reveal.

The incident, which occurred on August 30, involved Flight FR28 which connects Palma de Mallorca with London/Stansted.

A Ryanair spokesperson said the 737-800, EI-EBM (c/n 35002), “briefly lost comms with ATC” while flying through French airspace, prompting the military response.

EI-EBM is a 14-year-old airframe delivered new to Ryanair in March 2009.
EI-EBM is a 14-year-old airframe delivered new to Ryanair in March 2009. Flickr Commons/Anna Zvereva

“As is normal in such cases, a French military aircraft temporarily escorted the Ryanair aircraft while comms were quickly restored, and this flight continued on to London without incident,” the spokesperson added.

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