An AlbaStar flight operating from Palma De Mallorca to Inverness has declared an emergency whilst enroute over northern England.
AlbaStar AP6479 Palma De Mallorca – Inverness
AlbaStar flight AP6479, a Boeing 737-800 operating from Palma De Mallorca (PMI) to Inverness (INV) has declared a general emergency, squawking 7700 as it passed to the north of Manchester enroute.
The nature of the emergency is not clear, though flight data from RadarBox.com reveals that the aircraft made a descent from its cruising level of FL360 (36,000 feet) to 10,000 feet.
The flight is currently proceeding on track for Inverness at the reduced altitude of 10,000 feet.
The flight’s rapid descent from cruising altitude at around 07.30 can be seen on the flight profile display above.
The aircraft in question is a Boeing 737-800, a 23-year old aircraft registered EC-NAB, belonging to the operator AlbaStar; a privately owned Spanish airline headquartered in Palma De Mallorca. The airline carries out scheduled and charter flight services.
UPDATE 0900 BST
Still maintaining the reduced cruising altitude of 10,000 feet, the flight is now executing a diversion to Edinburgh (EDI).
UPDATE 0910 BST
Flight AP6479 now electing to makes its diversion to Glasgow (GLA) and is on descent from 10,000 feet.
AlbaStar flight AP6479 now established on finals for RWY23 Glasgow.
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