A Delta Air Lines scheduled flight from Rome to New York has declared an emergency over France and is currently on diversion to the United Kingdom.
Delta Air Lines Flight DL183, operated by a Boeing 767-300ER registered N180DN was operating from Rome Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) to New York JFK International Airport (JFK).
The aircraft has declared a general emergency, squawking 7700, and appears to be presently on diversion to London, passing over the south-west coast of England.
The aircraft was making good a diversion to London Heathrow (LHR) and had crossed the English coast as it made its approach.
In the last few minutes, the aircraft appears to be entering a hold off the southern English coast, presumably to dump fuel before approaching LHR.
The nature of the general emergency is yet to be determined. The aircraft, a Boeing 767-300ER had been on flight planned track from Rome across the European continent, before declaring an emergency over France near Paris.
The flight is now continuing on diversion to LHR, descending through FL200.
UPDATE 1100 UTC
Aircraft is now in the London Flight Information Region and negotiating its approach to LHR.
UPDATE 1140 UTC
Delta Air Lines Flight DL183 has been met by emergency service vehicles. LHR runway has now been cleared and returned to active service.