An RAF Typhoon fighter yet has sounded an urgent 7700 ‘squawk’ from 24,000ft in the air
The RAF Eurofighter Typhoon, which is a European multinational twin-engine, issued the alert as it travelled between Aberdeen and Inverness in Scotland. The 7700 code, transmitted from in Scotland, indicates a “general emergency” and typically means an engineering issue with the aircraft.
It is not yet known why the 7700 signal was transmitted.
The destination is not known.
Writing for Flightradar24, Ken Hoke, a Boeing flight captain, explained “squawking” is a way of an aircraft declaring an emergency with traffic control, so they can receive on-the-ground assistance.
The RAF aircraft was flying in Scotland
He said: “If a crew resets their transponder to the emergency code of 7700 (squawking 7700), all air traffic control facilities in the area are immediately alerted that the aircraft has an emergency situation.
“It’s up to the crew to let ATC know what the exact situation is. It may be an aircraft problem, medical issue, or something else.
In some cases, a crew may not elect to change their transponder to 7700 (it’s not required). If I’m talking to Chicago Approach and have a problem, I’ll tell them the problem, declare an emergency over the radio and get vectors to land immediately.”
The RAF plane sounded the urgent 7700 alert
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a highly agile aircraft, designed to be a supremely effective dogfighter in combat.
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