A mechanical issue on Tuesday necessitated the return to Abu Dhabi of an Etihad Airways flight bound for Madrid.
EY075’s crew “squawked” 7700 on the radio while it was approaching Doha, signaling a general emergency, and it returned to the capital of the UAE shortly after takeoff at 3.10am GST.
The tracking website Flight Radar24 indicated that the Dreamliner had quickly dropped to 10,000 feet, but no other information was provided.
“Etihad Airways flight EY075 from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Madrid (MAD) on November 1 returned to Abu Dhabi shortly after take-off due to a technical issue,” Etihad told The National.
“The aircraft performed a normal landing at Abu Dhabi and guests returned to the terminal.”
In flight, abrupt reductions in altitude are uncommon.
When the cabin loses pressure, the flight crew is instructed to promptly descend as far as the terrain will allow, usually to an altitude of roughly 10,000 feet, where breathing is permitted without the use of supplementary oxygen.
According to Etihad, travelers will take a different plane to reach Madrid on Tuesday morning.
According to flight monitoring information, the plane took off once more at 9.03 a.m. GST and was scheduled to land in Madrid at 1.53 p.m.