British Airways 787 Baltimore-London declares emergency

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A British Airways flight from Baltimore to London has declared an emergency whilst approaching the destination.

British Airways flight BAW2LJ, a Boeing 787-8 operating from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) to London Heathrow (LHR) declared an emergency with squawk code 7700 whilst approaching the destination.

British Airways BAW2LJ Baltimore – London

Update 08:40 UTC

Flight BAW2LJ declared the emergency with squawk code 7700 at 08:16 UTC whilst on its descent into London Heathrow, passing through FL180 (18,000 feet).

The flight has just landed Heathrow, and the nature of the emergency is not yet known. The weather for the flight’s arrival was Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IFR) with a 600 foot cloudbase.

It is uncertain whether prevailing weather conditions and onboard fuel considerations had a bearing on the emergency declaration for the inbound flight this morning.

Data for today’s long haul service from Baltimore shows that British Airways flight BAW2LJ made an on-time departure out of BWI at 20:54 EST. The flight continued normally and climbed to FL410 (41,000 feet) for the transatlantic route to London.

The flight subsequently declared the emergency over United Kingdom airspace whilst on descent through FL160 (16,000 feet) as it made its initial approach to London Heathrow (LHR).

Flight track of British Airways flight BAW2LJ from Baltimore to London

The aircraft conducting this morning’s rotation from Baltimore is a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner registered G-ZBJC; a 10-year old widebody aircraft belonging to the UK national carrier British Airways.

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