In the last few moments, it has emerged a British Airways flight from Baltimore to London Heathrow has diverted to Stansted instead.
Incident: British Airways Flight To London Heathrow Diverts to Stansted…
British Airways flight BA229 is a routine scheduled flight between Baltimore and London Heathrow with the affected rotation being operated by G-ZBKR.
As per data from Planespotters.net, G-ZBKR is a 5.7 year old Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that was delivered to the airline back in March 2018.
Of the 787-9 variant, the airline has 18 of them, of which 16 are in active service and two are currently parked, with an average fleet age of 7.5 years.
British Airways flight BA229 departed Baltimore last night at 2143 local time and proceeded eastbound in the direction of London Heathrow.
Upon its approach into Heathrow, the aircraft entered a series of holds, typically a standard practice at that airport when it is busy.
However, the difference this time was rather than continue into it’s destination, BA229 instead headed northbound to Stansted and diverted there, where it ended up landing safely.
During this process, the aircraft from Baltimore did not squawk the emergency transmission code, known as 7700. It is unclear whether an emergency was declared over the radios, however.
At this stage, it is unclear what the reason for this diversion was, so this will remain a developing story until we can gather more information.
AviationSource will approach British Airways for a comment on the reason for the diversion into London Stansted as opposed to continuing on to Heathrow.
UPDATE #1 @ 1148 UK time – The diversion into Stansted was due to flow restrictions all morning into Heathrow, so it looks to be a fuel-related diversion as a result. Arrivals have been regulated due to ATC staffing, with heavy delays expected today.
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