LIVE: SWISS Boeing 777-300ER Bound for San Francisco Declares Emergency

LONDON – In the last few minutes, a SWISS Boeing 777-300ER bound for San Francisco from Zurich has declared an emergency.

HB-JND is the aircraft in question that has squawked 7700, the general emergency code, whilst operating LX38.

According to data from, the aircraft started turning back east of Newcastle, the UK.

This is a developing story, and you will see updates below.

UPDATE #1 @ 1442 UK time – LX38 looks to be bound for Amsterdam Schiphol, with the aircraft currently tracking at 6,200 feet and descending.

UPDATE #2 @ 1446 UK time – LX38 tracking at around 2,300 feet, with it looking like the aircraft is going to go in for a short and fast approach. A medical emergency, maybe?

UPDATE #3 @ 1450 UK time – LX38 is on short finals into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, tracking past 1,300 feet.

UPDATE #4 @ 1451 UK time – And that is touchdown; LX38 is down on the ground safe and sound at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

UPDATE #5 @ 1454 UK time – @BoyZuidoost on Twitter managed to get a shot of the aircraft on final approach into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

UPDATE #6 @ 1456 UK time – We can confirm that the cause of the emergency was, in fact, a medical emergency, with an ambulance ready at the gate to transfer the relevant passenger.

UPDATE #7 @ 1506 UK time – Timelapse of LX38’s diversion to Amsterdam as seen on That concludes our coverage of this emergency.

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