Lufthansa flight declares mid-air emergency over UK
- A Monitor Report 23 Apr, 2018 | 2692 Views|-+
LH428 flight from Munich to North Carolina made a U-turn over Scotland after making the emergency May Day call
The Lufthansa LH428 flight from Munich in Germany to Charlotte, US made a U-turn over Scotland after making the emergency May Day call. A Lufthansa flight heading to the US declared an emergency at 30,000ft over the UK.
It was diverting to Glasgow, but live tracking data showed it then changed course and south-eastwards over England.
It later emerged the plane was returning all the way back to the start of its journey to Munich – and flew at 15,000ft in the flight path.
AirLiveNet reported the reason it was flying at such a low altitude may have been "due to fuel dumping or pressurisation".
The German carrier had initially departed Munich 25 minutes late at 12.39pm (local time) and was due to arrive in North Carolina at 4.25pm (local time).
The Airbus A330 was flying over Scotland at 1.15pm when the pilot made a "7700" squawk alert – which means a general emergency.
It finally safely touched back down in Munich at 4.45pm local time – four hours after departing.
Although Lufthansa has yet to confirm the reason behind the emergency, it has been reported an "electrical odour in the cabin" was to blame.
Aviation expert Nik Pillips said on Twitter: "Lufthansa #LH428 declared a Mayday due to an electrical odour in the cabin."
"Power was disconnected to the cabin & odour dissipated. Mayday cancelled & a request made to return to Germany."