It has emerged that this morning’s Emirates Airbus A380 service between Dubai and Manchester has diverted to Istanbul.
Incident: Emirates Airbus A380 Dubai-Manchester Diverts to Istanbul…
Emirates flight EK17 is a scheduled flight between Dubai and Manchester, and today’s flight was operated by A6-EUB, one of the airline’s Airbus A380s.
As per data from Planespotters.net, A6-EUB is a 7.7 year old airframe that was delivered to the airline back in June 2016.
The airline has 119 A380s in the fleet, of which 88 are currently in active service and 31 are parked, and hold an average age of 8.9 years.
EK17 departed Dubai at 0755 local time, and proceeded north-westerly towards the Manchester area.
At around 0711 UTC, the aircraft started descending amongst notification by crew to ATC that they would like to divert to Istanbul.
The aircraft landed into the Turkish airport around 30-40 minutes after its initial descent.
At the time of writing (18/10/23 @ 1205 UK time), the aircraft was seen taxing out of Istanbul, with the intention of continuing on to Manchester as a result of this diversion.
It is unclear what the reason for this was, but the aircraft did not broadcast an emergency squawk at any point.
With the jet departing back for Manchester, it’s probably likely that this was somewhat medical related and not something wrong with the airplane as it would have been grounded otherwise.
This is the second incident involving an Emirates Airbus A380 in less than 24 hours, following reports of a bomb threat last night.
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