Due to a technical issue, a Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) flight from Los Angeles to Singapore accidentally raised the alarm about a hijacking. A transponder code from the flight indicated a potential hostile takeover of the aircraft.
Flight tracking website ADS-B Exchange reports that shortly after departing from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on June 10, 2022, flight SQ37 sent a 7500 transponder code.
A 7500 transponder code in international aviation signifies that an aircraft has been hijacked and requires emergency assistance.
The emergency signal ended and was no longer being received, indicating that it was a false alarm, but the aircraft, an Airbus A350, continued on its normal course.
BREAKING : Singapore Airlines flight #SQ37 sent out 7500 transponder code shortly after taking off from Los Angeles International Airport
🔴 The transponder code indicating a possible hostile takeover of the aircraft#hijack pic.twitter.com/GytEG4ed7G
— Elill (@Elill_E) June 11, 2022
There was no emergency on board flight SQ37, Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) confirmed to The Daily Mail, who reported the news first.
“Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) is in contact with the pilots on board SQ37, operated on an Airbus A350-900, which departed Los Angeles International Airport on 10 June 2022 at around 2355hrs local time,” a spokesperson for Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) said.
“The pilots have confirmed that there is no emergency on board. The flight is en route to Singapore, and is scheduled to arrive on 12 June 2022 at around 0750hrs local time,” the spokesperson added.
According to data from FlightRadar24, SQ37 reached Singapore on June 12, 2022, 15 minutes earlier than scheduled, at 7:35 AM.