British Airways A350 Vancouver-London Declares Emergency

British Airways A350 Vancouver-London Declares Emergency
Steve Lynes from Sandshurst, United Kingdom, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

A British Airways flight from Vancouver to London has declared an emergency as it approaches the destination.

British Airways flight BA84, an Airbus A350-1000 from Vancouver, squawked transponder code 7700 as it transited Scottish airspace en route.

British Airways BA84 Vancouver-London

British Airways A350 Vancouver-London Declares Emergency

Having declared a general emergency, flight BA84 is currently maintaining cruising altitude FL390 (39,000 feet) and appears to be continuing to the destination London Heathrow Airport (LHR).

The nature of the problem prompting the emergency squawk is not yet known.

British Airways A350 Vancouver-London Declares Emergency

The long haul flight from Vancouver (YVR) squawked transponder code 7700 from the cruise at FL390 as it passed into Scottish airspace on the southerly route to the UK capital.

Update 12:00 UTC

Flight BA84 is passing over Manchester in the British midlands, maintaining FL390 and also maintaining track for LHR.

British Airways A350 Vancouver-London Declares Emergency

Reverting to Normal Squawk

The aircraft, an Airbus A350-1000 is now at the top of descent point (TOPD) and had left FL390 on the approach to London.

The flight has now reverted to a normal squawk code, having changed from the emergency earlier.

Weather is visual conditions (VFR) for the aircraft’s arrival into Heathrow, with visibility 10 kilometres or more. There is a broken cloud base at 4,000 feet and RWY09 active for the arrival.

Update 12:18 UTC

Approaching the London region, British Airways flight BA84 is now on the descent below 10,000 feet.

The flight reverted to normal squawk code earlier in the approach and has been continuing under normal flight procedures.

We will continue to monitor the flight until landing.

Flight data shows that flight British Airways BA84, which declared an emergency, made an on-time departure out of Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 2100 local time on 14 May.

The flight set course normally and climbed to cruising altitude FL390 for the transatlantic service to London.

The cruise segment was operated normally until the aircraft declared a general emergency in UK airspace. It subsequently reverted to normal squawk.

The aircraft conducting today’s long haul BA84 rotation is an Airbus A350-100, registered G-XWBP.

This is an eight month old wide-body aircraft belonging to the national flag carrier British Airways. It has been an operational service since its initial delivery in August 2023.

Update 12:35 UTC

Brityish Airways flight is now landed and clear London Heathrow RWY09L.

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