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Airbubba
5th Mar 2020, 16:44
Five EZY's squawking 7700 right now with apparent diverts to STN.

Low fuel? Or a systemwide security concern? :confused:

BRUpax
5th Mar 2020, 16:54
They have all landed now.

J.O.
5th Mar 2020, 16:58
Three of them were inbound to LGW, maybe something going on there ...

Airbubba
5th Mar 2020, 16:59
Here's a tabloid media report of the incident:

The planes are now making the final approach to the busy UK airport after making the emergency calls within seconds of one another

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/breaking-three-easyjet-flights-declare-21639854

Flying Wild
5th Mar 2020, 17:03
So, a non-story. Runway closed. Aircraft held until minimums, then declared Mayday for fuel and diverted. Nobody died. Nobody crashed. Nobody cares.

Airbubba
5th Mar 2020, 17:11
So, a non-story. Runway closed. Aircraft held until minimums, then declared Mayday for fuel and diverted. Nobody died. Nobody crashed. Nobody cares.

Uh, yeah. Five planes from the same airline declaring an emergency within a few minutes. Happens all the time, right?

Is declaring a MAYDAY en masse part of the low cost carrier fuel policy in the UK perhaps?

BRUpax
5th Mar 2020, 17:13
I don't think that outburst was necessary Flying Wild. It was just curiousity by the OP and nothing more. It's not often one sees three (it was only three from what I saw btw) aircraft squawking 7700 more-or-less simultaneously and all from the same carrier.

rog747
5th Mar 2020, 17:19
seems twas a pot hole in the runway???

Airbubba
5th Mar 2020, 17:20
I saw three EZY's divert to STN and two more continue to LGW after the emergency squawks.

Declaring an emergency for fuel is not common in my experience. I've never done it myself but then I've never been forced to fly around without fuel for holding and an alternate. And yes, I've flown into STN, LGW, LHR and a couple of other places over the years.

BRUpax
5th Mar 2020, 17:26
:ok: Fair enough. Just that my source only indicated 2 approaches broken off at LGW with div to STN and a third which did get into LGW.

Airbubba
5th Mar 2020, 17:49
Social media reports that there was a problem with BA2624 LGW-NCE and it needed to be towed off the runway. Did they think it fodded the engines with runway debris perhaps? Or maybe fodded the runway with engine debris?

Airbubba
5th Mar 2020, 18:23
:ok: Fair enough. Just that my source only indicated 2 approaches broken off at LGW with div to STN and a third which did get into LGW.

It probably was 'only' three, I think I got alerts on both the flight number and the ATC callsigns which were different e.g. EasyJet 8254 used the radio call of EZY95FR.

KelvinD
5th Mar 2020, 18:36
BA2624 (G-GATS) has landed at Nice in the last few minutes, having left Gatwick 4 minutes early. So I think that may be a duff rumour.

fokker1000
5th Mar 2020, 19:04
Pot hole? Well that wouldn't surprise me. This is the county of Sussex, UK!
Try driving home from LGW.... I'd suggest a Land Rover with rather chunky tyres!!!!!!!!
But I must say to anyone who operates, or is going to operate into LGW, its busy, but a great airport, with excellent ATC... I've flown globally for decades, and hold LGW ATC in the very highest regard, bar none.
FK10

fokker1000
5th Mar 2020, 19:13
PS. The vast majority of go arounds I've witnessed, or performed myself at LGW have been due to aircraft not starting the take off promptly... as requested by TWR.

We have TCAS, and we have eyes, so if an aircraft is at 2.5 mile finals, so don't dilly dally please, just get your butt off the deck!!!

Nightstop
5th Mar 2020, 19:42
PS. The vast majority of go arounds I've witnessed, or performed myself at LGW have been due to aircraft not starting the take off promptly... as requested by TWR.

We have TCAS, and we have eyes, so if an aircraft is at 2.5 mile finals, so don't dilly dally please, just get your butt off the deck!!!

But itís not quite as simplistic as that, is it? Invariably a departing aircraft is cleared to line up after the landing aircraft on short final and be ready immediate. ATC clearance to take off is dependant on that landing aircraft vacating rapidly in accordance with the RET recommended exit speed and surface conditions, if it doesnít all bets are off. In which case, the approaching aircraft has to go around.

sonicbum
5th Mar 2020, 20:03
So You mean it is basically normal ops to divert in mayday fuel ?