Thursday, 7 September 2017

Etihad emergency causes flight to return to Perth

The nightly Etihad flight from Perth to Abu Dhabi didn't go as planned as it had to return to Perth for reasons unknown.
The B787-9 pushed back from the gate on time just after 5pm local time and taxied out for a runway 03 departure. At 5.07pm EY487 got airborne and set course for its home country of United Arab Emirates. Flying up the Western Australian coastline it was climbing to its cruising altitude, as it reached Flt Lvl 285 it descended to Flt Lvl 260 and held that altitude for a while. At Geraldton it turned back and headed for Perth. One hour and forty five minutes later at 6.51 local time EY487 landed on runway 03.

Aircraft Details are:
Operator: Etihad
Aircraft Type: Boeing 787-9
Engines: 2 x GEnx - 1B
Registration: A6-BLJ
Serial Number: 39657
Flight Number: EY 487
First Flight: 30/09/2016 (9 months old)

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