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Medical emergency forces Qantas A380 to divert to Greece

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After announcing a major medical emergency on board, a Qantas Airways Airbus A380 superjumbo flight diverted to Athens, Greece.

The 12.3-year-old Qantas Airways A380-800 double-decker aircraft, with the registration VH-OQJ, was operating direct scheduled long-haul passenger flight QF1 when the incident occurred.

The wide-body aircraft took off from Changi Airport (SIN) in Singapore at approximately 4.28 p.m. UTC, and it was planned to land at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) in the United Kingdom about 13 hours later, according to flight history information published on Flightradar24.com.

The jet was diverted to Athens International Airport (ATH) for landing when the flight crew reported a medical problem while it was over Bucharest, Romania. It was then discovered that a passenger had been seriously ill while in flight.

According to the flight record, VH-OQJ safely touched down at LHR at around 5:00 am UTC.

This most recent detour involving a Qantas Airways A380 was the second such event to occur in the previous seven days.

The Aviation Herald reported that a different four-engine aircraft of the same type that was intended to travel the same route between Singapore and the UK was diverted to Azerbaijan.

After the pilots of the 13.4-year-old aircraft spotted intermittent signals of cargo smoke mid-flight, they made an emergency landing at Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD).

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