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Code Renegade: Greek F-16s take off for “suspicious” civilian airplane (Video)

Code Renegade set Greek authorities on alert following a relevant signal by the NATO air control center in Spain (CAOC Torrejón), to intercept a civilian aircraft that was not answering calls and not talking on the radio.

code Renegade is usually a distress signal that a plane has been hijacked.

There were reportedly several attempts to contact the aircraft but no response had been received over the radio, something that was particularly worrying.

Greece was immediately ordered to have fighter jests take off and begin the process of identification and visual contact with the aircraft’s cockpit.

The non-responsive aircraft was an Airbuss A321 with 145 passengers onboard that had taken off from Madrid and was bound for Beirut.

Immediately, two F-16 fighters that were on standby took off from the 115th Fighter Wing in Souda and approached the civilian aircraft approximately over Argolida, in north-eastern Peloponnese.

The process of intercepting a civilian aircraft includes visual identification, recovery of contact and communication,  guidance and escort either on the original intended course, outside restricted area – airspace, or at the landing airport.

Code Renegade

The two Greek fighter jets encountered the suspicious aircraft around 7:30 in the afternoon on Wednesday, August 10.

Video filmed by 2nd F-16 over Argos – via


There they were able to re-establish contact with the pilot and determine that there was no problem.

The pilot must have forgotten to turn the instruments to the correct frequency so he wasn’t answering any of the calls.

The incident was noticed by residents of the Argos area, who, according to reports, notified the fire department that they heard strange sounds like explosions.

Apparently, the F=16s accompanied the Airbus also over the island of Crete as pictures from the area show.

Η αποστολή Renegade των F-16 για ύποπτο αεροπλάνο καρέ-καρέ

Airbuss A321 that has the exclusive story and did the relevant research, found that  and found that it was the Renegade incident had a happy ending.

The website recalls similar code Renegade incident occurred on 14. August 2005, with the aircraft of the Cypriot company Helios.

Helios Flight 522 airplane crashed at 12:03 Greek time in a hilly area near the village of Grammatiko in North-East Attica. A total of 115 passengers and 6 crew members were killed in the incident.

Thorough investigation found out that a  loss of cabin pressurization incapacitated the crew, leaving the aircraft flying in a loop on autopilot until it ran out of fuel, at which point it crashed.

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  1. The Helios flight did not run out of fuel,it was brought down by fighter defence planes before it could cause a disaster by crashing into a populated area,they knew exactly where,how and when they would bring it down.Passengers were were still alive in their seats although unconscious,there was proof of that, as soot from the crash was found inside their lungs which means they were were still breathing when the plane hit the ground.The army set fire to the bodies on the ground presumably to obliterate autopsy evidence ,witnesses,a couple, testified that they moved a child who was alive away from the plane fire only to be told by the army to replace him where he was.The air supply inside the plane had mechanical faults due to lack of maintenance.

    • keeptalkinggreece

      oh, dear, what a conspiracy scenario

      • Oh course keeptalkinggreece,it is exactly just as you say and it must be dismissed as that by all of us for such senarios never do happen in reality.They are the product of over-imaginative minds.

  2. michele lavender

    Keeptalkinggreece,look news today,there is is talk of the plane crash that we speak of above.The chief expert,investigator of the crash Akrivos Tsolakis has said that he continues all these following years with a feeling of being punched in his gut at the tragedy which further unfolded during his investigation.One hundred and twenty two years worth of sentences were handed out to members of that company which were ultimately reduced to ten years,reduced further to a fine of seventy three thousand and then they were acquitted of any crimes committed.The hundred and twenty two years was for grossly bad management of maintenance to aeroplanes etc..And Mr Tsolakis says… the pain of my knowledge about this tragedy never leaves me or the relatives who still suffer…