Airbus Beluga from Saint-Nazaire-Toulouse declares emergency

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An Airbus Transport International Beluga operating from Saint-Nazaire to Toulouse has declared an emergency in the last few moments.

Airbus Transport International Beluga XL, registered F-GXLJ operating from Saint-Nazaire-Montoir Airport (SNR) to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS) declared an emergency with transponder code 7700 whilst enroute.

Beluga XL Saint-Nazaire – Toulouse

Flight data shows that the aircraft was on climbing through FL230 (23,000 feet) when it declared the general emergency with code 7700, and initiated a descent to 10,000 feet.

The aircraft is currently proceeding to Toulouse at the reduced cruising altitude.

Update 14:30 UTC

Flight BGA221J is continuing on track to Toulouse, maintaining the reduced altitude of 10,000 feet. The flight has now reverted to a normal transponder code.

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Data shows that the aircraft departed SNR at 01:51 UTC for the short haul flight to TLS. The aircraft in question is Airbus A330-743L Beluga XL with registration F-GXLJ; a 2-year old heavy transport aircraft operated by Airbus Transport International.

The aircraft made the emergency declaration at approximately 14:07 UTC whilst on climb. The climb was subsequently terminated and the aircraft descended to reduced altitude, before reverting to a normal squawk code at approximately 14:12 UTC, established at 10,000 feet.

Update 14:48 UTC

Beluga F-GXLJ now landed Toulouse (TLS).

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