A Lufthansa Airbus A380 returned to Munich following reports of a cargo bay fire. Thankfully, everything was okay. Rather than diverting to Charles De Gaulle as planned, the aircraft carried on back to its origin in Munich.
Every now and again we report on a flight to nowhere. Lufthansa today operated another flight to nowhere when an Airbus A380 returned to Munich. The flight lasted four hours and 15-minutes, as it flew out to the Atlantic Ocean and back. The aircraft briefly squawked 7700 having turned back towards land. However, as the incident was resolved, the aircraft canceled its emergency.
Flight LH 460
Lufthansa flight 460 was due to fly from Munich to Miami. However, the aircraft only managed to reach the East Atlantic as opposed to the east coast of America. LH460 was due to depart at 11:50 local time. However, the flight didn’t get airborne until almost an hour later than planned. The Airbus A380 eventually took to the skies at 12:45.
Around two hours after departing Lufthansa’s Munich hub, the aircraft made a U-turn above the Atlantic Ocean. The change in direction corresponded to a drop in speed of roughly 100 knots. A quarter of an hour after the turn the aircraft began to squawk 7700, the code for a general emergency. However, the emergency squawk was canceled just eight minutes later, before the A380 returned to the skies above France.
According to the Aviation Herald, the A380 experienced a cargo smoke indication. It was reported that the aircraft had intended to divert to Paris as a result of the issue. However, Lufthansa went on to report that the crew utilized the fire suppression system, which successfully neutralized the issue.
#LH460 returned to @MUC_Airport due to an alarm in the cargo compartment. A broken heater fan produced smoke & triggered this warning. The cockpit crew activated the built-in extinguishing system, after which the alarm had gone off. The A380 landed safely & is being investigated.
— Lufthansa News (@lufthansaNews) January 23, 2020
Following the return to Munich, the aircraft touched down once more at 17:00 local time. The aircraft has remained on the ground since its return.
D-AIMG is a 9.3-year-old aircraft according to Planespotters.net. The aircraft was built by Airbus for Lufthansa and holds the manufacturer’s serial number 69. The aircraft’s first flight took place on the 22nd of November. This was 6 days after it first rolled out of the hangar. The aircraft was then delivered to Lufthansa half a year later on the 4th of May 2011. With four Rolls Royce engines the aircraft, named Wien, has flown continuously with Lufthansa since its delivery.
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