British Airways 787 Toronto-Heathrow Declares Emergency

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

British Airways flight BA98, a Boeing 787-8 inbound from Toronto, declared an emergency with squawk code 7700 as it approached the United Kingdom.

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British Airways BA98 Toronto-Heathrow

Now passing the Isle of Man inbound, the long haul BA98 service declared the emergency in the cruise at FL410 (41,000 feet).

The nature of the problem is not yet know, and the flight is continuing its approach for Heathrow.

Update 08:55 UTC

BA flight BA98 has now left FL410 on descent, and passing through FL340 as it appears to be maintaining course for London.

Flight data shows that flight BA98 made an on-time departure out of Toronto Pearson YYZ at 23:14 local time, showing an ETA from Heathrow of 09:23 UTC this morning.

The transatlantic service proceeded normally until the declaration of the emergency at 08:26 UTC as it approached the mainland.

Update 09:15 UTC

BA98 is now in London Flight Information Region, on descent below 10,000 feet. Weather for the flight’s arrival is Visual Meteorological Conditions (VFR), with visibility 10 kilometres or more.

RWY09 active at Heathrow for the flight’s arrival. Winds are light and variable at 3kts. The flight has maintained the emergency priority squawk code 7700 for descent and approach.

Update 09:30 UTC

British Airways flight BA98 has just landed at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and is now clear to disembark passengers. The reason for the emergency declaration this morning is still unknown.

The aircraft conducting this morning’s service from Toronto is a Boeing 787-8, registered G-ZBJF. This is a 9-year old widebody aircraft belonging to the carrier British Airways.

Update 10:00 UTC

Confirmed by online source Flight Emergency, the cause of this morning’s emergency declaration was an onboard medical issue.

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