Two Venezuelan Air Forge fighters intercepted a Madrid-bound Avianca flight, escorting the jetliner until it left Venezuela’s airspace according to unofficial reports.
Flight Avianca AV14, operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (N791AV-MSN37509-LN460) experienced a failure in its ADS-B transceiver disabling the identification and altitude information, causing two Sukhoi Su-30 MKII fighters to intercept the aircraft and escort it until it left Venezuela’s airspace.
The jetliner, carrying 250 passengers on board, continued its normal course to Spain and landed at Madrid Barajas International Airport fifty minutes behind schedule.
Avianca has reported the incident to the Ministry of Foreign affairs and the Ministry of Defense of Colombia. Meanwhile, the Colombian carrier has instructed to not to fly over Venezuela and has cancelled its Bogota and Lima flights to Caracas in order to prevent further incidents.