LONDON- Yesterday (on November 18, 2023), the flag carrier of the UK, British Airways (BA), flight from London Heathrow (LHR) to New York’s Newark Airport (EWR) made a U-turn after facing technical issues due to a broken heating element.
London-based carrier and its codeshare partner operate dozens of flights to New York’s JFK and EWR combined. The airline deploys Boeing 777 aircraft to serve this sector.
British Airways New York Flight U-Turn
Now, let us establish a flight timeline with the help of data from FlightRadar24.
The British Airways flight BA181 took from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) around 7:05 PM UTC. After being airborne for almost two hours, the flight crew reported issues with the heating element.
Following this, they contacted the LHR Air Traffic Controller (ATC) and decided to make a U-Turn. At the time of this reporting incident, the flight was over the North Atlantic Ocean.
The aircraft landed safely back at LHR at around 10:13 PM UTC. It is unclear to us whether a new aircraft was arranged for the flight or they have been relocated to stay overnight for the next day’s flight.
According to Planespotters.net, the flight was operated by Boeing 777-200 registered as G-YMMS. The aircraft involved in the incident is 14.6 years old and is powered by RR engines.
We will keep you posted once we have more information on this incident. Further, we are awaiting official confirmation by BA Officials.
Earlier in late August 2023, a British Airways (BA) flight from London Gatwick (LGW) to Orlando (MCO) was turned back towards LGW.
Boeing 777-200ER, registered as G-VIIP, operated the flight. Further, the aircraft is almost 25 years old and has been part of the airline since its induction in 1999.
British Airways flight BA2037 took off from London (LGW) at 10:10 AM UTC. After being airborne for more than two hours and on track toward Orlando (MCO), it decided to make a U-turn back toward LGW. The flight landed safely at London Gatwick Airport (LGW) around 2:36 PM UTC.
Half a dozen firefighting vehicles followed the aircraft, and it looked like there were some issues with the landing gear or hydraulic system.
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