On 16 September, two Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon F-2000’s scrambled for a QRA (quick reaction alert) in order to intercept a Vulkan Air Antonov AN-26B (UR-CQD). The Ukrainian airline was operating flight VKA143 from Tangier, Morocco to Rome Fiumicino and lost communications with air traffic control. At 08:00 (UTC +2), the Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) of Torrejon, Spain ordered the scramble. The aircraft was guided to Rome without further problems.
#Scramble oggi per 2 Eurofighter del 4° Stormo in servizio di allarme decollati velocemente per intercettare velivolo ucraino che aveva perso comunicazioni radio con enti del controllo del traffico aereo.I caccia hanno scortato l’aereo fino alle fasi di atterraggio a Fiumicino pic.twitter.com/vj8pJLdjFt
— Aeronautica Militare (@ItalianAirForce) September 16, 2018