In the last few moments, a Eurowings flight from Salzburg to Dusseldorf has declared an emergency whilst on its descent into the German airport.
EW9717 is being operated by 9H-EXR, one of the Airbus A319-132’s on the Maltese subsidiary of the German carrier.
At this stage, it is unclear what the cause of the emergency is, and at the time of writing (1005 UK time), the aircraft is heading south towards Frankfurt.
Updates from the Eurowings Flight Between Salzburg-Dusseldorf…
This is a developing story. Updates to follow shortly.
UPDATE #1 @ 1008 UK time – EW9717 between Salzburg and Dusseldorf has made an S shape, and looks to begin holding at 16,000 feet. The aircraft could be diverting to Frankfurt. Yet to be confirmed.
UPDATE #2 @ 1012 UK time – Eurowings flight EW9717 is now tracking north-west in the area of Cologne. Still at 16,000 feet, so Cologne or a continuation to Dusseldorf the most likely option at the moment. The aircraft is now squawking 1000.
UPDATE #3 @ 1015 UK time – EW9717 is now descending through FL150 with its initial destination looking now as planned instead of a diversion following its 7700 broadcast a few minutes ago.
UPDATE #4 @ 1022 UK time – EW9717 is about to enter the base leg stages of its approach into Dusseldorf Airport. The emergency must be under control, hence there being no need for the 7700 anymore.
UPDATE #5 @ 1025 UK time – EW9717 is now on final approach into Dusseldorf Airport.
UPDATE #6 @ 1029 UK time – Eurowings flight EW9717 has safely landed. At this stage, it is still unclear what the cause of the initial 7700 was. More to follow in due course.
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