A Royal Air Force C-130J Hercules has declared an emergency over Scotland, it is currently unclear what the issue is.

#UPDATE – The aircraft has landed safely#

The Open Source Intelligence Twitter account SkyWatcher Intel is following this, if you don’t follow them then I’d suggest you go do that now.

More on this as it develops.

What is the significance of “Squawking 7700”?

Captain Hoke is a Boeing 757/767 captain for a package express airline and also runs the website AeroSavvy, he had this to say.

“Declaring an emergency means the crew determines they have an ‘urgency’ or ‘distress’ situation. “Urgency” means the crew is concerned about the safety of the flight and needs timely (but not necessarily immediate) assistance. A ‘distress’ condition means that the flight is in serious and/or imminent danger and requires immediate assistance”.

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captain p wash

8000ft heading south just off the Isle of Whithorn

Heidfirst

staying at 8000ft – pressurisation or oxygen issue perhaps?

Geoffrey Roach

Is it me or have we had several notices like this recent weeks?

captain p wash

There have been quite a few….. USAF and RAF, yes.

Crabfat

Looks like it’s now on the ground at Brize

Paul42

Thats good to hear! On the deck and safe.

Airborne

I think the whole fleet will be declaring an emergency very bloody soon with the Integrated defence review…sorry decimating cuts.

Eddy01

It landed at Glasgow and after a short time on the ground, then it left there and flew to dundee