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Emirates A380 Wake Accused of Disrupting Corporate Jet

Emirates A380 Wake Accused of Disrupting Corporate Jet
Joe Cortez

Smaller aircraft allegedly caught engine output, resulting in severe loss of altitude and injuries.

An Emirates A380-800 flying over the Arabian Sea is accused of disrupting a smaller corporate jet flying in the same area, causing the lesser aircraft to roll upside-down, lose 10,000 feet of altitude and injure those aboard the aircraft. In details posted by the Aviation Herald, the extreme turbulence caused irreparable damage to the aircraft, while the occupants were sent to the hospital.

The incident was reported to take place on Jan. 7, 2017, when the two aircraft allegedly met in the same airspace. The Emirates A380 departed Dubai en route to Sydney, while the Canadair Challenger 604 was flying from the Maldives to Abu Dhabi. During the flight, the smaller corporate jet flew approximately 1,000 feet below the A380, causing the flight to get caught in the turbulence of the larger aircraft. As a result, the flight crew lost control of their aircraft: the smaller jet tumbled in-air between three and five times and dropped 10,000 feet in altitude.

During the dive, the Challenger experienced higher G-force load than it was built for, resulting in significant damage. The pilots were able to recover one engine before declaring an emergency and making an emergency landing in Muscat, Oman. The emergency landing and the injuries were confirmed by the Oman Civil Aviation Authority, which further commented that one passenger was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. However, many questions about the incident remain.

The Aviation Herald is currently unable to substantiate details of the occurrence, [as] no radar data are available for the business jet,” the site wrote. “It is therefore unclear when the business jet departed from Male and where the actual ‘rendezvous’ with the A380 took place.”

As a result of the incident, the aircraft disaster site reports air traffic controllers have been given specific warnings about allowing aircraft to cross in the same airspace as the A380. In addition, the site claims that at least six other flights between 2009 and 2012 were disrupted by the air wake created by the A380.

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View Comments (7)


  1. ioto1902

    March 18, 2017 at 8:22 am

    ” accused of ” ?!?

  2. Dianne47

    March 18, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    This is absolutely a controller error. They’re just now figuring out little jets shouldn’t be near an inflight A-380?

  3. Desiderio

    March 18, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    This incident should, by no means, be the fault of the airline.
    ATC agency’s must give more vertical separation to aircraft flying behind A380.

  4. djjaguar64

    March 19, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Don’t mess with a giant!

  5. AAJetMan

    March 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    “Accused” perhaps, but sure sounds like the A380 did nothing wrong!! Why didn’t controllers provide proper separation?! Surely good controllers would understand that wake vortices sink.

  6. jsintexas

    March 20, 2017 at 11:41 am

    It is the responsibility of the pilot of the corporate jet.

    You know a A380 is taking off ahead of you.

    Ask the tower controller for more time to allow the wake to subside.

  7. darkhound

    March 22, 2017 at 10:07 am

    “disrupting” is a bit of an understatement for a headline don’t you think?

    3-5 complete rolls, 10,000ft loss in altitude, G-force loads resulting the complete scraping of the plane…

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