A Eurowings scheduled service operating from London to Dusseldorf has declared an emergency enroute.
Eurowings flight EW9469 London – Dusseldorf
Eurowings flight EW9469, operating from London Heathrow (LHR) to Dusseldorf (DUS) has declared an emergency, squawking code 7700 as it transits Netherlands airspace enroute.
The flight, operated by an Airbus A220-300, is currently continuing its approach to Dusseldorf, makings its descent and passing though 13,000 feet, having declared the emergency whilst in the cruise.
The aircraft, A220-300 registered YL-CSB, is a 6-year old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the carrier airBaltic. The aircraft is on a wet lease arrangement, and presently operated by the airline Eurowings.
UPDATE 10:25 BST
Flight EW9469 now establishing on finals for DUS RWY23. The weather for its arrival is visual meteorological conditions (VFR), with clear skies and light winds.
Data for the flight shows that the aircraft has departed London Heathrow earlier this morning after a delay of just over an hour. Actual time of departure for the flight was 09:20 BST, against a scheduled departure time of 08:05 BST.
The aircraft had established on track and climbed to its cruising altitude of FL350 (35,000 feet) before it declared a general emergency whilst in transit over the Netherlands.
The nature of the problem which warranted the squawking of transponder code 7700, which occurred at 09:58 BST in the cruise at 34,000 feet is not clear at this stage.
Eurowings typically wet leases aircraft to supplement its operations during peak demand periods. A wet lease involves one air operator flies on behalf of another – an airline will lease the aircraft including the operating crew, on-board crew, maintenance and insurance for a specified period.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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