Unlawful Communication Interference within the Mogadishu FIR

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29 February 2024

IFALPA and IFATCA have been made aware of aircraft experiencing a critical communication issue while en-route over Somalia, within the Mogadishu FIR. Crews were presented with instructions coming from “fake controllers” via the regular ATC frequency, with the apparent intention of diverting the flight from is planned route.

Unlawful communication interferences have happened before and can happen anywhere, especially around conflict zones. In this particular case, reports have been originating in the Mogadishu FIR, with the latest NOTAM (HCSM A0022/24) indicating “unlawful VHF interference within 150nm centered on position HARGA” and advising that “flights should not expect level change unless in contact with Mogadishu ARTCC” via CPDLC or dedicated SATCOM numbers”.


  • It is essential that all crews are briefed on these incidents and the appropriate response protocols.
  • Crews should remain vigilant and exercise extreme caution, particularly when receiving unusual or unexpected instructions via potentially compromised frequencies.
  • Crews should query any suspicious VHF communications that may not match expected flight plan routing and, when in doubt, seek confirmation through alternate communication channels, preferably SATCOM.
  • Where available, make use of IATA’s In-Flight Broadcast Procedure (IFBP) on 126.9MHz.
  • All instances of communication interference or unexpected instruction should be reported immediately to the appropriate authorities, including air traffic control and airline operations, to ensure a comprehensive response and to contribute to the safety and security of the airspace.

Maintaining secure and reliable communication is paramount for the safety of flight operations. IFALPA and IFATCA strongly recommend disseminating this information widely to ensure that all flight crews are aware of these events and the recommended protocols.

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