British Airways A380 to Miami Diverts to Atlanta: Bad Weather

British Airways A380 to Miami Diverts to Atlanta: Bad Weather
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Last night, a British Airways Airbus A380 from London Heathrow to Miami diverted to Atlanta due to bad weather which included gusts of up to 46 knots.

British Airways A380 to Miami Diverts to Atlanta…

British Airways A380 to Miami Diverts to Atlanta: Bad Weather
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G-XLEC was the aircraft in question that operated the BA207 rotation yesterday, having departed from London Heathrow at 1035 local time.

By around 1826 UTC, the aircraft was in a hold to the North East of the Miami Airport.

Around an hour later, the decision was made for the aircraft to divert to Atlanta, when it landed at 2036 UTC.

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The aircraft remained on the ground in Atlanta for around two hours before departing once again and completing its rotation to Miami, following the weather effects calming down.

As per data from, G-XLEC was delivered to the carrier back in October 2013, making the aircraft 10.4 years old at the time of writing.

@PTZtv on Twitter reported that the cause of the diversion into Atlanta was due to the fact that the winds at Miami was approaching 46 knots, and there was heavy rain at the airport too.

As per Airbus, “a 90 deg cross component of wind velocity, demonstrated to be safe for take-off and landing must be established for dry runways and must be at least 20 kt or Vs MLW whichever is greater, except that it need not exceed 25kt”.

What a moment this must have been for passengers onboard BA209, as well as relief that they were able to make it to their final destination in the end safely.

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