A British Airways Boeing 777 inbound to Heathrow from Abuja has declared an emergency as it passes over the French coast.
British Airways flight BA82, a Boeing 777-200ER operating from Abuja, Nigeria (ABV) to London Heathrow (LHR) has declared a general emergency, squawking 7700 as it passes over the French coast inbound to London.
British Airways BA82 is currently on descent, passing through 14,500 feet as it crosses the English south coast inbound to LHR. The nature of the emergency is not yet known.
The aircraft in question is a Boeing 777-200ER, registered G-VIIG; a 26 year old airframe.
UPDATE 1415 UK BST
The flight is currently positioning for an approach to RWY27 at Heathrow, passing through 5,000 feet. Weather is VFR for the flight’s arrival.
The aircraft had originally declared a general emergency in the cruise whilst over French airspace, and has expedited it’s approach to LHR.
And now established on finals RWY 27 Heathrow.
Today’s incident involving BA82 follows an incident involving a British Airways transatlantic flight operated by one of the national flag carrier’s Airbus A380 longhaul fleet.
In yesterday’s incident, flight BA207 out of London Heathrow for Miami was forced to dump fuel and make a return to Heathrow as a precautionary measure after the failure of a standby system.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.