LONDON – In the last few moments, an Air Europa Boeing 787 has declared an emergency and is returning to Sao Paulo.
UX58, a scheduled flight between Sao Paulo and Madrid, has done a u-turn around an hour into its flight, squawking 7700.
At this stage, it is unclear what the cause of the emergency is.
This is a developing story.
UPDATE #1 @ 1923 UK time – Air Europa Flight 58 has begun its descent into Sao Paulo, passing 30,000 feet.
UPDATE #2 @ 1927 UK time – The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner affected by this emergency is EC-NGM, which is three years old at the time of writing for Air Europa.
UPDATE #3 @ 1929 UK time – Air Europa Flight 58 is inching closer to Sao Paulo and is descending through FL230 at this time. Again, still no reason for the emergency at this time.
UPDATE #4 @ 1932 UK time – Elevation at Sao Paulo is around 2,500 feet, putting the aircraft not far away from approach altitude, about 15,000 feet on the local QNH.
UPDATE #5 @ 1934 UK time – UX58 is looking to make an approach onto the 28s in Sao Paulo, potentially 28R, as that is where it departed from originally. Still, it could change depending on the nature of the emergency.
UPDATE #6 @ 1938 UK time – Air Europa Flight 58 is now on the short approach and final onto the 28s for Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport (SBGR).
UPDATE #7 @ 1940 UK time – Air Europa Flight UX58 touches down safely back into Guarulhos Airport’s Runway 28R, with the cause of the emergency yet to be confirmed at this time.
UPDATE #8 @ 1944 UK time – UX58 appears to be returning to stand as normal. AviationSource will approach Air Europa for a comment on the emergency.
UPDATE #8 @ 1956 UK time – Timelapse of UX58’s departure and subsequent return to Sao Paulo, courtesy of RadarBox.com.