30 July 2020 18:44
An aircraft which left East Midlands Airport for Chicago has reported "serious engine issues" this afternoon (July 30). The ABX Air plane is reported to have turned back west of Ireland and was holding its altitude at 7,000ft near to East Midlands Airport. A tweet from AeroHub News said: "ABX Air N317CM (B763F) is returning to East Midlands Airport this afternoon en route to Chicago with serious engine issues. Further details on the issue are yet to be identified. "The aircraft is currently holding, with gear deployed burning excess fuel." The fire services are reportedly on standby at the airport.
Airport Webcams also tweeted: "LIVE INCIDENT: ABX Air #GB984 East Midlands to Chicago O'Hare (Boeing 767-300ER(BDSF) N317CM) turned back West of Ireland & is now holding at 7000ft near EMA. A number of plane watchers have taken to social media saying they have heard the plane circling overhead. We'll bring you any updates below. Sign up to receive two FREE daily bulletin e-mails, as well as breaking news as it happens Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email A Boeing aircraft was seen repeatedly circling over Derbyshire this afternoon, having taken off from East Midlands Airport. An ABX Air cargo flight to Chicago took off from the Castle Donington airport just before 3pm this afternoon.
According to real-time tracking site Flight Radar 24, it turned back when west of Ireland after some fluctuations in one of the engines were detected. The Boeing 767-300 aircraft then began circling at an altitude of around 7,000ft over Derbyshire, puzzling onlookers. Derbyshire Live understands that its nose wheel was down for much of the time it was over the county. It could be seen circling over towns including Belper, Heanor and Wirksworth on more than five occasions as it used up excess fuel. As fuel is stored in the wings and is extremely heavy, it can be hazardous to land while tanks are too full. The plane then safely landed at East Midlands Airport before 5.30pm, where the aircraft is now being looked at by the ground crew. A spokesman for East Midlands Airport said: "The ABX Air cargo flight to Chicago departed a little while ago and then detected some fluctuations in one of the engines. "The aircraft turned back and, once it was safe to do so, landed. "It had to circle for a while to use up excess fuel to make it safer to land. "I can confirm the aircraft safely landed with both engines working normally and aircraft will now be looked at by the ground crew." Sign up for the Derbyshire Live newsletter To receive a maximum of two FREE daily bulletin e-mails from us, as well as breaking news as it happens, sign up to the Derbyshire Live newsletter. Just select the newsletters you receive from our East Midlands sites here. And if you later decide that you no longer wish to receive the emails, you can just follow the unsubscribe link in the newsletters - though we hope this won't ever be necessary. While the incident was ongoing, Airport Webcams tweeted to say: "LIVE INCIDENT: ABX Air #GB984 East Midlands to Chicago O'Hare (Boeing 767-300ER(BDSF) N317CM) turned back West of Ireland and is now holding at 7000ft near EMA. @AerohubNews reports an engine issue." The Boeing 767-300ER is a long-range aircraft that has been in commercial use since 1988.