Less than 24 hours after a Loganair passenger flight declared an in-flight emergency over Aberdeen, a second has declared an emergency over Southampton.
The aircraft, Embraer ERJ-145, was due to fly to Edinburgh but had to divert to Bournemouth airport after declaring an emergency and squawking 7700 (an emergency code transmitted by the aircraft, you can read more about the codes used here).
I have contacted Loganair or comment.
The aircraft has diverted to Bournemouth airport. pic.twitter.com/dlo03b7H4Y
— George Allison (@geoallison) October 27, 2021
The aircraft is now safely on the ground.
Yesterday, another Embraer ERJ-145 operated by Loganair declared an emergency over Scotland after leaving Aberdeen.
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”.