United Flight San Francisco-London: Birmingham Diversion

United Flight San Francisco-London: Birmingham Diversion
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Earlier this morning, a United Airlines flight between San Francisco and London Heathrow diverted to Birmingham International Airport.

United Airlines Boeing 777 From San Francisco-London Diverts to Birmingham…

United Flight San Francisco-London: Birmingham Diversion
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UA901 was operated by one of the airline’s Boeing 777-200s registered as N791UA, which is 26 years old at the time of writing.

The flight departed from San Francisco yesterday at 1438 local time, and arrived into Birmingham at 0809 local this morning.

As per data from Planespotters.net, the aircraft was delivered to United Airlines in August 1997, and returned to service in May last year following two years of storage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The aircraft seats 50 passengers in Business, 24 in Premium Economy and 202 in Economy, giving a total capacity of 276 seats passengers via a three-class setup.

Data provided by RadarBox.com.

At the time of writing (1217 UK time 26/8/23), UA901 had departed Birmingham a few hours after its diversion and continued onwards to London Heathrow.

No emergency squawk transmission was broadcast during the diversion, and the cause of the diversion is unknown at this time.

It is key to note that diversions can happen, and such alternative airports are always planned out or decided on by crews.

Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see what the cause of the diversion into Birmingham was for. AviationSource will approach United Airlines and Birmingham Airport for a comment on the cause of this diversion coming in from San Francisco.

This remains a developing story. Updates to follow in due course.

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