Flight emergency: What it means when a plane ‘squawks 7700’
A British Aerospace Hawk T45 was flying over Bedale on Tuesday (26th April) at around 10:30am, when it transmitted the signal near Burneston, Bedale.
The code means that the aircraft has an emergency situation.
It could mean any emergency or ‘Mayday’ situation such as engine failure, pressurization problems, other technical problems, or medical emergency.
But usually, the alert is triggered due to engineering issues.
RAF Hawk signal over Yorkshire
The RAF jet issued the signal over Bedale, Yorkshire
It has not yet been confirmed what the emergency is.
The military aircraft was flying at around 500ft at the time it issued the alert.
Last week, another RAF jet declared a 7700 emergency above Wales.
The Hawk T2 model issued the alert when flying above the Caernarfon area while flying at an altitude of 22,300 feet and travelling at around 346mph.
It is unclear what caused the emergency but according to Flightradar24 the jet was forced to land at 1.19pm after a total flight time of 24 minutes.
The plane was flying at around 500ft when it issued the alert
On the same day, a separate plane flying from Palma de Mallorca to Edinburgh issued a 7700 ‘Squawk’ code.
The Jet 2 flight issued the emergency signal at 6,000ft in the air. (That’s a commercial flight, not RAF)
The RAF has recently said the use of a 7700 signal is not “uncommon”.
RAF Lossiemouth’s official account posted to Twitter: “Setting a squawk of 7700 isn’t uncommon in these situations and is simply a precaution.
Was the plane actually a USAF plane? Reported as RAF in error? Some say the RAF has no T-45s.
To add to this, I’m well aware that it’s a modified version of the Hawk training aircraft the RAF use but I’ve never seen the RAF fly this version, I’ve only ever seen the US Airforce use it for aircraft carrier training
Edit: Thanks cabbageman, US Navy not Air Force
UPDATE – ASW Helicopter squawks 7700 today while flying over English Channel. And another flight (The same Jet2 commercial flight to Edinburgh mentioned above) squawked while flying over the Yorkshire Dales. The area is becoming squawk central. Also the place where the haystack fire led to all roads being closed.
4:th emergency today: Squawk 7700 (general emergency). G-BNLM (British Airways B744) from San Francisco to London. http://www.flightradar24.com/BAW6B
TAP – With so many squawks 7700 happening in such a short period of time, and at least two near Menwith) something is causing them. If British radar defences are all switched on to the max, trying to anticipate Russian missile attacks, this could be upsetting navigational systems in aircraft of all types, over an extensive area.
The problem is that we have not been told that Russia has already fired missiles at the UK. It’s time the government owned up to the mess they are causing by supporting Ukraine with serving British soldiers and weapons. We must stop supplying Ukraine, pull out of NATO and talk to Putin. Only one political party in Britain has a peace agenda and peace policy. They are the English Democrats. Join them now. DOnate and vote for them. Unless you like endless war across the globe as brought to us by the LibLabCon.