Virgin Atlantic 787 Miami-London Declares Emergency

Virgin Atlantic 787 Miami-London Declares Emergency
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In the last few moments, a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 between Miami and London has declared an emergency.

The aircraft is just off the UK coast. G-VYUM is the aircraft operating the flight.

Live updates are below.

Live Updates: VS118 – Miami to London…

Virgin Atlantic 787 Miami-London Declares Emergency
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2 months ago06/04/24

Welcome to the Coverage!

Welcome to the live coverage. Updates will follow in the next few minutes.

2 months ago06/04/24

Descent Commenced…

Emergency Virgin Atlantic flight VS118 from Miami has commenced it’s descent into London Heathrow following the 7700 emergency squawk minutes ago.

2 months ago06/04/24

About G-VYUM…

G-VYUM is the aircraft operating this flight.

As per Planespotters, G-VYUM is a 8.9 year old Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that was delivered to VS in May 2015.

Of the 787-9 variant, the UK carrier has 17 in it’s fleet, of which all but one are in active service.

Furthermore, average fleet age for the variant stands at 8.1 years.

2 months ago06/04/24

Reason Still Unclear…

Virgin Atlantic flight VS118 from Miami continues to descend and is over the Plymouth area as the aircraft is still scheduled to land into London Heathrow despite the emergency broadcast.

The reason is still unclear.

2 months ago06/04/24

Virgin Atlantic Flight VS118 – Miami-London Gets Closer to Home…

VS118 is descending through FL200 as the aircraft, which came from Miami, gets closer to London Heathrow.

2 months ago06/04/24

Closest Runway Needed It Seems…

Departures on Runway 27R have appeared to have stopped, with VS118 expected to make a landing on the opposite end, being Runway 09L.

2 months ago06/04/24

On Final…

Confirmed. VS118 is on finals for an emergency landing onto Runway 09L at LHR!

2 months ago06/04/24


TOUCHDOWN! Emergency Virgin Atlantic flight VS118 from Miami has appeared to have landed safely onto Runway 09L at London Heathrow Airport.

As soon as we have information pertinent to the emergency, then we will update you accordingly.

For now, this brings an end to our live coverage. Thank you very much for following!

2 months ago06/04/24

Medical Emergency

@FlightEmergency on X confirms that the reason for the emergency on VS118 Miami-London was a medical-related incident onboard the aircraft, which required the need to land on 09L immediately.

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