A TUI flight operating from London to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands is currently initiating a return to Luton Airport, after holding off the south coast soon after departure.
TUI flight BY5442, a Boeing 737-800 operating between London Luton (LTN) and Lanzarote (ACE) entered a holding pattern over the Isle of Wight, soon after departure this morning.
TUI BY5442 London Luton – Lanzarote
After maintaining the hold pattern at FL160 (16,000 feet), the flight has now exited the hold, and appears to be making a return to London.
Update 11:30 UTC
Having exited the hold, flight BY5442 is making track for a return to London. At this stage the flight appears to be making for London Gatwick (LGW) and is presently on descent below 10,000 feet.
The flight has not declared a formal emergency and is making the precautionary return under normal flight procedures.
Data for today’s flight BY5442 to Lanzarote shows the aircraft make a departure out of Luton (LTN) at 10:13 UTC this morning.
The flight proceeded normally, climbing on the outbound course before terminating the climb and entering a holding procedure overhead the Isle of Wight of the English south coast.
Weather for the flight’s arrival at the diversion airport of Gatwick (LGW) is Marginal Visual Conditions (MVFR) with a cloud ceiling of 2,800 feet and visibility 10 kilometres or more.
Update 11:50 UTC
Flight BZ5442 now landed RWY26 Gatwick. The nature of the problem prompting this morning’s early diversion is not yet known. The flight did not declare a formal emergency.
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