Reach 228 In flight emergency with Gander:

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Sunday Evening 5-2 1345 UTC Reach flight 228 declared an in flight emergency with Gander Radio on 3476. Failed to copy reach 228 position. Transcript as follows:

Reach 228: Gander

Gander: Reach 228 go ahead

Reach 228: Gander be advised we are declaring an emergency.

Gander: All traffic stand by. Reach 228 I understand you are declaring an emergency confirm?


Reach: Gander affirmative.

Gander: Reach Nature of……

Reach228: We have lost (unreadable) navigation (unreadable) request increase speed to .8 and 32,000 ASAP direct to Gander… ah need weather for Gander, St. Johns and Goosebay….

Gander: Gander Special with weather (15 miles of visibility could not copy rest of weather report)


Reach:228 Gander, how is the weather looking at St. Johns and Goosebay? I am afraid we don't have the navigation...(unreadable)

Gander: Reach 228 Did you copy you have 15 I repeat 15 miles of visibility at Gander?

Reach: Reach 228 copy 15 miles at Gander

Gander: Reach 228 ATC is requesting souls on board and nature of emergency.

Reach: ahh 6 correction 7 souls on board..Sir, we have lost Navigation...(unreadable) and half of our navigation system. We expect to lose half of our steer (?) navigation within 15 minutes..

Reach: Ok, Gander looks like Gander do you have a victor frequency?

Gander: Stand by 228. 228 ATC is asking if you require any assistance.

Reach: Gander not at this time but we will take the victor frequency.

Gander: Reach 132.10 check back on this frequency if unable….


Did not monitor any further Xmitt from Reach 228.…Here’s hoping all our safe.
As soon as I determine all our safe I will see if I can upload the WAV file.
 
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On the Military Mode-S website, RCH228 was last seen over Cornwall, UK, at 2140 GMT 2010-05-02, a C17A, reg 04-4128. Airliners.net implies that this acft is from McGwire AFB.
 

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Great catch. I hope everything worked out OK with the flight.
Interested in the recording too.
 
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I hear the "Reach xxx" calls overhead some what regularly contacting Moncton Center, are these air tankers/refuelers? Or just regular overseas flights by the AF?
 

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Reach flights can be either regular military airlift or air tankers, according to the logs on my RadarBox. I don't know if it's the same in Moncton.
 
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