A Qantas plane from Singapore to London made an emergency landing in Azerbaijan after its pilots reported an issue with their aircraft’s communication system.
The pilots were able to land the plane safely at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in the capital of Baku.
#QF1 from Singapore to London made a 180 degree turn near Tbilisi squawking 7700 and now descending, likely diverting to Baku. Reason currently unknown. https://t.co/yCHWMmBXyS pic.twitter.com/8Djjw5BeeG
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) December 23, 2022
According to flight radars, the plane left Singapore’s Changi airport around nine hours before making a 180 degree turn and issuing an emergency code as it flew over Georgian airspace.
Azerbaijan’s Trend news outlet reported that a smoke smell was detected in the plane’s cargo hold.
However, a spokesperson for Qantas could not confirm this claim on Friday.