Emirates Airbus A380 Diverts to Istanbul

Emirates Airbus A380 diverts to Istanbul.
Data provided by RadarBox.com.

In the last few minutes, an Emirates Airbus A380 has diverted to Istanbul whilst operating EK5 between Dubai and London Heathrow.

Data provided by RadarBox.com.

A6-EOB was the Airbus A380 affected by the diversion and landed in Istanbul at 1711 UK time.

Emirates flight EK5 departed Dubai at 1638 local time, around half an hour late.

As per Planespotters.net, A6-EOB was delivered to Emirates back in November 2014, giving an age of 8.7 years at the time of writing.

The aircraft was stored in Dubai from March 2020 until January 2022, when it was bought back into service post-COVID.

A6-EOB is configured with 14 seats in First Class, 76 seats in Business Class, and 429 seats in Economy.

At this stage, it is unclear what the cause of the diversion into Istanbul was, with the aircraft not squawking an emergency transmission.

On arrival into the Turkish capital, Emirates EK5 was squawking 3266, which indicates a normal squawk code transmitted.

It is also unclear when the aircraft will depart Istanbul again and continue onwards to London Heathrow or whether the aircraft will just return back to Dubai.

All eyes will now be on the airline to see when the aircraft can be sent back into commercial service, as it is overly dependent on the cause of the diversion.

AviationSource will approach Emirates for a comment on this incident.

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