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Flight BCS6411, Heathrow to Leipzig was around at that time. At 03:40 (ish) it makes a 180 degree turn back from Aleysbury heading to London Luton and lands there. I reckon I heard it in trouble, any way to check what happened? Google didn't help me much!
"If you want to know what aircraft flew over your head, giving your location as "North East" isn't a lot of help." - You're not wrong. It's an old account I forgot I had registered and the location details where correct when the account was created, I currently live in Luton.
"Notwithstanding what PlaneFinder or FlightRadar24 might say, BCS6411 made a straight-in approach to 26 at Luton, landing at 0348 local yesterday morning." - The origination and destination data threw me, coupled with the tight turn from the FlightRadar site and the fact I was woken up by noise..... I was putting things together.
"So whatever you saw or heard performing strange manoeuvres, it wasn't that." Thanks.
A freighter coming into / out of LHR at 0340 is unlikely also due to the Night Jet Ban.
Well yes and no.
It's a misconception that there is a "Night Jet Ban" at LHR. Instead, there is a night quota which allows for, on average, 15-16 movements per night, and the airlines that have grandfather rights to that quota tend to use the allowance for early-morning (0430-0600) arrivals, so freight flights don't get a look in during the night period.