A British Airways Airbus A320 bound for London from Malta has declared an emergency over Italian airspace, and has diverted to Rome Fiumicino.
BA2645 is the affected flight operating a service from Luqa in Malta to London Gatwick Airport.
G-MIDX is the A320 affected by this emergency.
At this stage, it is unclear what the cause of the emergency is.
This is a developing story.
UPDATE #1 @ 1150 UK time – British Airways flight BA2645 is descending through FL150, one of the Rome airports looks likely for diversion.
UPDATE #2 @ 1154 UK time – British Airways BA2645 descending through FL110. Still unclear whether it will be Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino.
UPDATE #3 @ 1156 UK time – British Airways BA2645 departed from Luqa, Malta, bound for London Gatwick at 1154 local time this morning.
UPDATE #5 @ 1159 UK time – British Airways flight BA2645 bound for London is now passing through 6,000 feet as it continues its diversion into Rome Fiumicino.
UPDATE #6 @ 1202 UK time – BA2645 looks like it is going in for a short approach into Rome’s Fiumicino.
UPDATE #7 @ 1205 UK time – BA2645 looked set to be originally going for the Runway 07 approach at Rome Fiumicino Airport, but it looks like it is heading for the 16s, possibly 16R.
UPDATE #8 @ 1208 UK time – BA2645 is now on final approach into Rome Fiumicino Airport, utilizing Runway 16R for the emergency.
UPDATE #9 @ 1213 UK time – BA2645 has successfully landed at Rome Fiumicino Airport. Unclear when it will continue to London. AviationSource has approached British Airways for the cause of the emergency.
UPDATE #10 @ 1216 UK time – BA2645 has appeared to have arrived on stand into Rome Fiumicino. The flight was operated by G-MIDX, a 23-year-old Airbus A320.
UPDATE #11 @ 1219 UK time – British Airways has already plugged in the flight taking passengers onward to London Gatwick Airport from Rome Fiumicino Airport. The website currently says BA2645D is due to depart the airport at 1400 local time.
UPDATE #11 @ 1245 UK time – British Airways have responded to our inquiry about the cause of the emergency. They said:
“Our pilots elected to divert to Rome following a minor technical issue with the aircraft. Our teams are currently looking after our customers.”