In the last few moments, reports have come in of an Emirates Airbus A380 stuck on the runway at London Gatwick.
It is understood that EK9, which was operated by A6-EUN, was met by ground crews upon its arrival into the airport.
At the time of writing, multiple aircraft are currently in the hold, waiting for their arrival at London Gatwick, with this incident potentially causing some diversions if aircraft become low on fuel.
Currently, there is no indication of why the Emirates Airbus A380 is stuck on the runway at the airport, but those on social media noticed that the aircraft aborted its first approach into the airport initially.
Could The London Gatwick Incident Be The Same As The Birmingham One?
Just last week, an Emirates Airbus A380 suffered a flat tire at Birmingham Airport following a rough landing there.
The A380 aircraft, operating as flight EK39 from Dubai (DXB) to Birmingham (BHX), appears to have burst a tire on landing earlier today.
Footage posted to social media shows the aircraft making its approach and landing at Birmingham before being met on the taxiway by light emergency services vehicles following the landing.
At this stage, it is unclear whether the A380 at London Gatwick has suffered the same instance, but all eyes will be on the ground crews to see how quickly they can get the aircraft off the runway to allow arrivals and departures to continue.
This is a developing story. More to follow in due course.
Updates from the Scene…
UPDATE #1 @ 2018 UK time – Getting unconfirmed reports that the aircraft’s nose gear steering failed on approach and landing.
UPDATE #2 @ 2019 UK time – @FlightEmergency mentioned that the Emirates Airbus A380 had a hydraulic issue and shut the aircraft down on the runway as soon as it landed.
UPDATE #3 @ 2023 UK time – For context, this is the level of disruption that this incident has caused to multiple flights currently in the hold waiting to land in London Gatwick.
UPDATE #4 @ 2025 UK time – EK9 is now on the move, and is being pulled off the runway, making way for arrivals and departures to restart out of London Gatwick.
UPDATE #5 @ 2027 UK time – Operations at the airport have now restarted, now that the Emirates Airbus A380 is safely off the runway.
UPDATE #6 @ 2031 UK time – @FlightEmergency offering more information about the cause of the Emirates Airbus A380 being stuck on the runway at Gatwick.