Ryanair emergency: Flight from Berlin issues panicked 7700 squawk above Newcastle Airport – Express

The aircraft issued a squawk 7700 alert over Newcastle upon Tyne, according to Flightradar24. A squawk 7700 signal is reserved for emergency situations and sends a message to Air Traffic Control. The RYR73DT flight was travelling from Berlin to Edinburgh Airport this morning.

The Boeing 737-8AS was scheduled to depart the German capital at 9.50am – but left the runway at 10.11am.

The plane landed on schedule in Scotland shortly after 11am.

In a statement, Ryainair said: “This flight from Berlin to Edinburgh (17 Sept) was directed by UK Air Traffic Control to initiate a precautionary landing due to tyre debris found on the runway after its departure from Berlin.

“The aircraft landed normally at Edinburgh airport, all tyres were inspected and no damage was detected.”

A squawk code is a four-digit number used to aid fast communication between Air Traffic Control and the aircraft.

Each of the codes begins with a number between zero and seven.

A squawk 7700 code is used to communicate all emergencies on board a flight and sends an immediate alert to all nearby watchtowers.

Other notable codes include a squawk 7600, which is used to inform Air Traffic Control the plane has lost communications with the tower.

A squawk 7500 alert is used in a hijacking and informs the tower that the plane requires emergency support from security services.

It comes as the Government is considering relaxing coronavirus rules for travel.

Ministers are reviewing the existing travel traffic light system and whether to scrap the requirement for foreign travellers to take PCR tests.

Green and amber lists destinations are expected to be merged to form one category of low-risk countries, while reducing the number of destinations on the red list.

“We regularly review those travel restrictions.”

Mr Eustice said the Government will be in contact with travel operators to hear concerns over the existing measures.

He said: “The Government will be listening to that and the Covid sub-committee of Cabinet that decide these things will be considering that probably later today.”

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