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Pilot mistakenly called in hijacking, plane forced back to JFK terminal

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A JetBlue pilot accidentally reported that his plane was being hijacked at JFK, triggering a massive response of cops and firefighters who surrounded the craft on the tarmac, officials said. (www.google.com) Plus d'info...

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lk2855
lk2855 10
Likely squawked 7500 (Hijacking) rather than 7600 (Communications Failure). The difference a digit makes.
GraemeSmith
Graeme Smith 5
Yeah - putting NORDO next to HiJack always seemed to be asking for trouble. Especially with rotary knob transponders. You have to think carefully about which way to turn the knob.


Bigger question - Was the plane in the movement or non-movement area of the airport? Because the display of transponders tied to the surveillance radar on the airport ASDE-X are usually suppressed in the non-movement areas. (At least at any airport towers I'm familiar with). So if the plane was in the non-movement area - does 7500/7600/7700 over-ride the suppressed return?
gavink42
Gavin Karelitz 3
STARS Would have alerted in the tower even if ASDE was filtering them due to location.
royr2
royr2 2
That's exactly what he did.
pthomas745
Pa Thomas 7
The real news is there was a total radio failure on an Airbus......
Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 7
Of course the pilot could have picked his smart phone and typed in accukwik.com and then entered JFK, retrieved the tower telephone number and called them....but then I’m old school!
ColinSeftel
Colin Seftel -6
That wouldn't work because the URL is acukwik.com
Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 10
I’m pretty sure even a smart person like you could have figured out a typing error and miss the whole point of the post.
bentwing60
bentwing60 2
It's O.K HF, I don't know which logbook you retired on, but mine was #4 and they still know more than we do.
Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 3
Well that’s a coincidence, I’m #4 as well, with about 20 pages to the end. We sure had fun!
bentwing60
bentwing60 0
Yes, we did!

captsands
R T Sands 3
Looking around Airbus cockpit in my head, I see 3 VHF comms wired to 2 antennaes,acars to dispatch, 2 HF's, dispatch phone number on the release and 6 crewmembers cell phones,and a cabin full of pax who each have a phone. No way to communicate except xponder? You can order pizza and deliver it to the cockpit with that amount of communication devices.
Guycocoa
Guy Cocoa 9
But if you’re in the air the delivery charge might be a little on the high side.
blackstock
Related, with all the digital controlled transponders now, do they still teach student pilots not to ‘scroll’ through 7500, 7600 and 7700 when setting the transponder?
SamArnold
SamArnold 4
We were always taught to turn the xpndr to Standby when changing the number, then back to ALT once it's set.
blackstock
That does seem more sensible in one regard.

I did a search and found people talking about scrolling avoidance, and also those talking about Standby. So, I was not the only one that remembered it as scrolling avoidance.

The reason I say it makes more sense doing Standby is that someone scrolling could also pass through the transponder code assigned to another even if they avoided the 7700, 7600, etc.
aerogirl076
That explains the response. Waiting for the ATC from this one. Could imagine Kennedy Steve on this one.
simstick
simstick 2
I imagine it was transponder code if they were having radio trouble.
bobkeeping
Bob Keeping 1
Le's see 7600 - 7700 oh - wait a minute - I'll call on the radio - nope that doesn't work - oh well - close enough
dvet13
dvet13 1
Surprised this doesn't happen more frequently
royr2
royr2 1
Give it a week, I bet he blames the transponder's faulty knobs/buttons.
ADXbear
ADXbear 1
Oppps... careful.inputing numbers
SamArnold
SamArnold 1
Isn't it standard practice to turn the transponder to SBY when changing the numbers so you don't accidentally squawk an emergency number, or even another aircraft's code?
We were always taught to turn the xpndr to Standby when changing the number, then back to ALT once it's set.
dbaker
Daniel Baker 3
In modern airplanes, you just type in the code on a keypad.

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