British Airways A350 Bound for Austin U-Turns back to London Heathrow

In the last few moments, a British Airways Airbus A350 bound for Austin has landed back in London Heathrow after u-turning over the Atlantic Ocean.
Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

In the last few moments, a British Airways Airbus A350 bound for Austin has returned back to London Heathrow after u-turning over the Atlantic Ocean.

Information is limited surrounding this incident, but below is what we know so far on this.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

British Airways Flight BA191 – London Heathrow to Austin…


In the last few moments, a British Airways Airbus A350 bound for Austin has landed back in London Heathrow after u-turning over the Atlantic Ocean.
Data provided by RadarBox.com.
In the last few moments, a British Airways Airbus A350 bound for Austin has landed back in London Heathrow after u-turning over the Atlantic Ocean.
Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

British Airways flight BA191 is a routine scheduled flight between London Heathrow and Austin.

The aircraft involved in this incident was G-XWBB.

As per data from Planespotters.net, G-XWBB is a 4.9 year old Airbus A350-1000 that was delivered to the airline in September 2019.

Of the A350-1000 variant, British Airways has 18 of them.

Within the 18, all but one are in active service, with an average age of 2.9 years.

As well as the A350-1000 aircraft, BA has the following planes in their mainline fleet:

  • 29 Airbus A319.
  • 88 Airbus A320 Family aircraft.
  • 25 Airbus A321 Family aircraft.
  • 12 Airbus A380s.
  • 59 Boeing 777 Family aircraft.
  • 38 Boeing 787 Family aircraft.
  • 20 Embraer E190 aircraft.
  • Four Dornier Do-328s.

British Airways flight BA191 departed London Heathrow at 1309 local time today, a delay from the scheduled 1150 slot, and tracked west initially to Austin.

During the Atlantic Ocean crossing, the aircraft made a u-turn back to base with a problem onboard.

From there, the aircraft entered a series of holds to the south of the airport, where it has been since at the time of writing (4/7/24 @ 1735 UK time).

Reason Currently Unclear…


John Taggart from Claydon Banbury, Oxfordshire via Wikimedia Commons.

At this stage, it is unclear what the cause of the u-turn was for British Airways flight BA191 London Heathrow-Austin.

It is key to note that the aircraft did not declare an emergency at any point through the 7700 squawk code.

As soon as we have more information pertinent to the cause of this u-turn, then we will update you accordingly.

For now, this remains a developing story, pending additional updates which will be at the bottom of this article.

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By James Field - Editor in Chief 3 Min Read
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