LONDON – Early this morning, a British Airways Boeing 787 diverted to Halifax due to smoke in the cabin, resulting in fire crews attending the aircraft.
BA216 was a scheduled flight between Washington Dulles and London Heathrow, having departed the airport at 1829 local time.
Around 2-3 hours into the flight, fumes started appearing in the aircraft, resulting in a diversion made to Halifax via a “Pan Pan” call.
BA216 was operated by British Airways’ G-ZBKL, one of the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which is 6.6 years old at the time of writing.
A passenger onboard the flight recorded fire crews moving through the cabin with FLIR to detect where the fumes were coming from.
At the time of writing, G-ZBKL is still in Halifax, and it is unclear when the aircraft will be heading back to London Heathrow.
For there to be smoke in the fumes, technicians of the airline or at the airport will have to establish where it came from so then the necessary repairs can be made.
If there is extensive damage caused by the fumes, then this will need to be repaired before a ferry flight can happen.
AviationSource will approach British Airways for comment.
This is a developing story.