A United Airlines flight from Chicago to London has declared an emergency approaching its destination.
United Airlines flight UA938, a Boeing 767 operating on the transatlantic service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to London Heathrow (LHR) has declared a general emergency, squawking 7700 as it passed over the west coast of England inbound to London.
United flight UA938 Chicago – London
Flight data shows the flight was inbound on the final leg of the transatlantic crossing, and maintaining a cruising level of 37,000 feet prior to the declaration of the emergency was squawk code 7700.
Approaching the destination of London Heathrow, the aircraft is currently on its inbound track, descending through 8,000 feet in the London region.
The nature of the emergency is not yet known. Data shows the flight departed Chicago (ORD) after a fairly lengthy delay – the aircraft made an actual time of departure (ATD) of 00:10 CDT, with a scheduled departure for the flight given as 21:20 CDT.
Update 12:50 BST
United flight UA938 now turning onto final approach for RWY27 Heathrow. Weather in London is marginal VFR for the flight’s arrival.
Flight UA938 is being operated by a Boeing 767-300ER, registered N686UA; a 20 year old aircraft belonging to United Airlines.
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