Wednesday, April 13, 2011
An Emirates Airbus A380 performing flight EK017 from DXB (Dubai, UAE) to MAN (Manchester, UK) had to divert to Athens today due to a medical emergency. According to the pilot's transmission a 47 year old female passenger had a stroke while enroute near Istanbul on FL380 and the pilots chose to divert to Athens. This is the first ever A380 visit to Athens and as expected a lot of people had gathered to watch its arrival and departure. The plane, registration A6-EDK, landed at 12:20L on runway 21L and taxied to gate A13. Two hours later, it departed from Athens and continued its journey towards Manchester.
Airbus A380 / A6-EDK / first touchdown of an A380 in Athens
Airbus A380 / A6-EDK / slowing down on runway 21L
Airbus A380 / A6-EDK / taking of from runway 21L