virginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 920 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10075 times:
I was walking home today at around 19:44 and looked up and there was a fairly low plane (guess around 14000ft) flying over. I live in Portsmouth, UK.
Honestly, it looked like an A380 but this couldn't have been the case. Towards the back (like monarch) it was a yellow/orange colour with possibly a blue/grey/black outline. The colour of the aircraft was either grey/white. It had 4 engines definitely. It looked alot like an A380 so I am guessing it was likely to be an A340, possibly even a 747 but it didn't look like one. I got my flightradar24 app out straight away but nothing appeared. It was rather low so was likely landing at LGW or LHR but I am not sure.
DAL763ER From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days ago) and read 9713 times:
Normally, SQ flight 318 (usually an A388) comes to Heathrow at about 7.30-8PM. I have no clue why it would be as south as Portsmouth. The usual approach (when they use 09L for landings) is above North London and turning for final above Reading.
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PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11789 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9173 times:
Overflying the Isle of Wight and Southampton/Portsmouth areas is a common approach to one of the Southern holding patterns for Heathrow. If the winds favoured a more Southerly route then flying over Portsmouth wouldn't really be much of a diversion from SIN.
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legoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3316 posts, RR: 39
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7005 times:
Quoting noelg (Reply 12): Anything military doesn't usually show up on FR24/Casper/PlaneFinder/ etc, so the chances are it was probably military, or maybe even C17 or similar headed into Brize?
The only reason I know of this E-6 Mercury flying around the UK is because I have been following it almost daily on the Casper tracking site. Although it's the only military aircraft I have seen on the site.
I last observed it on the Casper site at 1am on Wednesday morning between Blackpool and the Isle of Mann, rewinding time on the Casper site shows it's path heading South.
Although chances are it is not the aircraft in the opening post, I've not seen it as South as Portsmouth. Interesting none the less.
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Summa767 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2577 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4661 times:
Quoting airsmiles (Reply 16): Could have been Cubana IL-96 CU-T1251, which went into Gatwick about that time. A normal LGW arrival would take it West to East across the Isle of Wight then NE towards Hazel (Haslemere).
Out of the options offered, I would say that yours is the most plausible.
CU400 arrived in LGW at 8pm (delayed 5 hours). An IL-96 has a =n A380 resemblance (basically a fat A340), and the livery is a mainly white fuselage and the tail paint follows down like Monarch (or even EK With its red stripe). CU's is red and blue.