UK: Jihadi pilots discussed terror plots on aircraft radios

Muslim pilots…? Not good…

Muslim pilots…? Not good…

They clearly thought the dumb infidels would be too stupid to work out what they were talking about.

The distress frequency (121.5 MHz) is unencrypted and constantly monitored by a number of agencies, and can be picked up by a $20 aircraft band radio, but the would-be jihadis thought that talking in simple coded Arabic would be enough to fool the kuffar.

Fortunately, great work by GCHQ in Cheltenham, UK, decrypted their plan, and thwarted a possible terrorist attack on four UK cities.

A TERRORIST plot to attack Britain was foiled after the RAF heard commercial pilots discussing targets on their radios.

The jihadist attacks were being planned in the week after the Paris massacre, but the two foreign pilots, one of whom was flying for an airline on an intelligence service watchlist, were intercepted talking about the plot.

Although they used coded messages from the cockpits of their passenger jets, the Arabic transcripts were passed to GCHQ where spies established they were talking about attacks on London, Bath, Brighton and Ipswich.

The uncovering of the plan raised the terror alert in the UK and was one factor which led to Operation Templer, involving 10,000 soldiers being deployed to support police on Britain’s streets.

The pilots, who were unknown to the authorities but believed to be sympathetic to Islamic State, were using the emergency “Mayday” channel in the belief they were not being monitored. (source)

They were also dumb enough not to realise that use of the distress channel for non-distress related purposes, like this chit-chat in Arabic, is almost certainly a criminal offence.

Well done, NATS for raising suspicion, and well done GCHQ for blowing the whole thing wide open.


  1. Simon Colwell says:

    s18c prevents me from saying what I would really like to say…


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