A SyrianAir scheduled flight operated from Doha to Damascus has declared an emergency whilst enroute.
SyrianAir flight RB522, an Airbus A320 operating from Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH) to Damascus International Airport (DAM) declared a general emergency, squawking transponder code 7700 whilst in the cruise.
SyrianAir RB522 Doha – Damascus
Flight data shows that flight RB522 had climbed to a cruising altitude of FL160 (16,000 feet) before declaring a general emergency with code 7700 having passed abeam Kuwait en route.
The flight is proceeding on track and maintaining altitude of FL160.
Service data shows that SyrianAir flight RB522 made a delayed departure out of DOH earlier today; showing an actual time of departure of 13:56 local time against a scheduled departure time of 13:00 local.
The flight then established on the north-westerly track for Damascus (DAM), climbing to the lower cruising level of FL160, before declaring the emergency at 12:35 UTC just over an hour into the flight.
The aircraft operating today’s service to DAM is an Airbus A320-200 registered YK-AKG; a 23-year old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the national flag carrier Syrian Airlines (SyrianAir).
Update 13:35 UTC – Diversion to Baghdad
In the last few moments, flight RB522 has commenced a descent from FL160 and now appears to be making good a diversion to Baghdad International Airport (BGW).
Flight is now establishing on approach to BGW.
Update 13:40 UTC – Landed Baghdad
SyrianAir flight RB522 now landed Baghdad (BGW), having initiated a diversion whilst enroute to its planned destination of Damascus (DAM).
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