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High alert as PA-28 161 Warrior II sounds 7700 'Squawk' at 5,000ft over England

NewsHigh alert as PA-28 161 Warrior II sounds 7700 'Squawk' at 5,000ft over England


A Twitter post by the EGTTinfo account said: “Squawk 7700/7600/7500 detected: ‘GBTRK’ G-BTRK [Piper PA-28 161 Warrior II] of Stapleford Flight Centre of United Kingdom at 5223ft AMSL (Squawk 7700).”

Squawk codes are assigned to every flight before departure and the four digits can be between zero and seven.

The most well-known of these is the code 7700, which is used to indicate a general emergency.

A pilot will enter this when they are aware they are in an emergency situation, either instructed by Air Traffic Control after declaring an emergency or without communication.

This means all tracking ground controllers will be clearly informed the aircraft has an emergency and should be given appropriate assistance.

This could include any type of air emergency or a serious ‘Mayday’ situation.

Among these could be engine failure, pressurisation issues, other technical problems on the aircraft or a medical emergency.

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