A bizarre call to air traffic control, claiming to be from a pilot having trouble while flying over the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, sparked a massive land and ocean search — and was later revealed to be a hoax.
On Monday, a man speaking in a slurred voice radioed in to say he lost his landing lights and was struggling to get his vehicle under control
A user on the professional pilot’s forum PPRUNE said he was listening to flight recordings when he stumbled upon the chilling message.
“Really strange calls from the pilot sounded like super drunk or stressed slow, slow calls, really labored voice,” the user wrote. “Structural damage to plane from ‘hitting a foreign object’ VH-TLV call sign. ATC did a good job under real stress. You can download the audio from the internet, it’s just terrible.” Read more…
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