DHL A300 Freighter Milan-Napoli Declares Emergency

A DHL freighter in flight.
Mike Burdett from CROMER, UK, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A DHL freighter bound for Napoli from Milan declared an emergency enroute and returned to Milan on Friday 5 April.

DHL Airbus A300-600 freighter D-AEAK, operating as flight QY7022 declared an emergency with squawk code 7700, before initiating a turnaround.

DHL QY7022 Milan-Napoli

The flight had only been airborne for less than thirty minutes before it declared the general emergency.

The aircraft was already descending through FL240 (24,000 feet) and approaching Florence when it squawked code 7700 at 06:12 UTC.

A turnaround was then initiated and the aircraft made good a return track for Milan Malpensa International Airport (MXP).

The nature of the problem prompting the unscheduled return is not yet known.

Return to Milan MXP

Flight crew formally declared the emergency, and the freighter then continued its descent for a return to MXP. The flight subsequently landed at 08:41 local time, having made a direct return to the departure airport.

Flight Details

Flight data shows that the flight made a slightly delayed departure out of Milan MXP. The aircraft made an actual time of departure of 07:55 local time, against a scheduled depart time of 07:15 local.

Having set course normally, the flight then climbed on track through FL290 (29,000 feet) before discontinuing the climb.

The aircraft conducting the rotation to Napoli was an Airbus A300-600F, registered D-AEAK.

This is a 31.5 year old freighter belonging to the carrier DHL. The cargo configured freighter has seen service with DHL aviation since July 2012.

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