A small pilot error caused the police and special forces surrounded the plane

In the evening on Tuesday in John F. Kennedy International Airport police and emergency services surrounded the flight 1623. On board the aircraft the Airbus A321 climbed JetBlue team of special forces. All this happened due to the fact that the managers believed the aircraft captured, but the information was wrong.

A small pilot error caused the police and special forces surrounded the plane

The plane was not malicious, he was not captured. Already four hours later the plane could take off and deliver its passengers to Los Angeles. The delay turned out to blame the pilots, which transfers control to the code indicating the hijacking. As it turned out, to prevent such an error is not difficult.

There are several codes that allow pilots to transmit information from the board in the control room. Such a mode of communication allows you to overcome the language barrier. In addition, he is good in an emergency, the pilot may not be able to convey information to the voice. Here are just a way to set the code turned out to be absolutely perfect. Depending on the model aircraft codes are recruited either through a special keyboard, or by using the rotary knob on the control panel. Here are the three most important code that go one after the other:

  • 7500 - code for use in case of capture and hijacking;
  • 7600 - code for use in the event of a failure of radio equipment;
  • 7700 - Common Code for the designation of an emergency.

JetBlue Pilots planning to report problems with the radio, but made a mistake in just one digit, and then their plane was surrounded. This information was confirmed by the Federal Aviation Administration.

As it turned out, a mistake is very simple. All the codes are very important and useful, and therefore, it may be worthwhile to pay attention to how they are used. The problem will be solved when we move to the use of unmanned aircraft.