British Airways Airbus A350 To Hong Kong Returns to London

British Airways Airbus A350 To Hong Kong Returns to London
Steve Lynes from Sandshurst, United Kingdom, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

In the last few moments, a British Airways Airbus A350-1000 bound to Hong Kong has just returned back to London Heathrow.

Incident: British Airways Airbus A350 To Hong Kong Returns to London…

British Airways Airbus A350 To Hong Kong Returns to London
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G-XWBF was the Airbus A350-1000 operating British Airways flight BA31 between London Heathrow and Hong Kong.

BA31 departed the airport at 1850 local, and all seemed well during this stage.

On its descent into the UK capital, the aircraft entered a hold before continuing on for its approach into its origin airport.

As per data from, G-XWBF is a 3.4 year old aircraft which was delivered new to the carrier in May 2020.

What we know so far is that the aircraft flew all of the way to Austria before turning around and making its way back to Heathrow.

At this stage, it is unclear what the cause of the diversion was.

Whatever the issue was, it was clearly serious enough to cause a return back to London and not continue onwards to Hong Kong.

BA31 didn’t squawk 7700, the emergency transmission, at any point during its return, but more information will be needed on this before confirming the reason behind this.

It is also unclear whether the aircraft will try and make another departure before the curfew at London Heathrow begins for the night.

AviationSource will approach British Airways for a comment on this diversion, and this remains a developing story at this stage.

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