Ryanair flight bound for Dublin Airport forced to divert back to London after mid-air emergency

A Ryanair plane travelling from London Stansted to Dublin Airport was forced to make a sudden U-turn mid-flight on Thursday.

The aircraft is understood to have put out an emergency signal near Manchester not long after take-off.

It departed Stansted at 7.30pm but subsequently returned to the London airport later on Thursday night.

According to Airport Webcams, which monitors global aviation, the aircraft had a “defective autopilot”.

The account tweeted: “Ryanair #FR212 London/Stansted to Dublin (Boeing 737-800 EI-EVO) declared Pan Pan, squawked 7700 General Emergency & just returned to STN due to a defective autopilot.

“Issued with approach vectors into STN by Essex Radar.”

Airport Webcams reported the U-turn of Ryanair flight FR212.

Squawking alert code 7700 is used to notify air traffic control that the aircraft is declaring an emergency.

The flight, due to arrive in Dublin at 8.45pm, instead made a safe landing in Stansted some hours later.

Ryanair have been contacted by the Irish Mirror for comment.

One person travelling on the flight commented on social media: “First flight home since Covid and this happens.”

Following the incident, a second Ryanair flight is reported to have declared an emergency due to a medical emergency on board.

The Airport Webcams Twitter account said on Thursday night: INCIDENT: Ryanair #FR3153 Tenerife/South to East Midlands (Boeing 737-800 EI-EBM) squawked 7700 General Emergency over the English Channel & declared Mayday with ATC due to a medical emergency on board (via ATC). Just landed at EMA.”

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