On October 27, Virgin Australia flight VA740 from Gold Coast to Melbourne was instructed to land by someone who wasn’t air traffic control
The plane came witin 275 feet of the runway before the real air traffic control called off the landing. The Virgin Australia 737 climbed to 3800 feet and made a go-round.
Later that same evening, the individual who faked being air traffic control contacted controllers pretending to be an aircraft on approach declaring an emergency.
After 20 seconds air traffic control realizes that the plane in question is fine, that the call isn’t legitimate.
This has reportedly been done 15 times over a two week period in Melbourne. It’s striking that this isn’t technically hard to do, apparently, but just not something that’s done other than in Die Hard 2.
After 26 years, it’s time to address this Bruce Willis movie theater plot.