Delta Flight to Detroit Makes Emergency Landing in London

Delta Flight to Detroit Makes Emergency Landing in London
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A Delta Air Lines Airbus A330 to Detroit returned to London Heathrow amid reports of a hydraulic problem onboard.

Delta Flight to Detroit Makes Emergency Landing in London…

Delta Flight to Detroit Makes Emergency Landing in London
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Delta Air Lines flight DL17 is a routine scheduled flight between London Heathrow and Detroit, with the flight being operated by N806NW.

As per data from, N806NW is a 19.8 year old Airbus A330-300 that started out life with Northwest Airlines in March 2004.

Following the merger with Delta, the aircraft was handed over in October 2008, where it has been since.

Of the A330-300 variant, the airline has 31 of them, of which 28 are in active service and three are parked, offering an average age of 14.9 years.

DL17 departed London Heathrow at 1326 local time and headed westbound for the Atlantic Ocean.

Upon reaching the Oceanic crossing, the aircraft made a u-turn and proceeded to head back to Heathrow.

The aircraft then landed into it’s origin field at 1751 local time. It is understood the aircraft remained stuck on the runway following the incident.

As per @FlightEmergency on X, it is understood that Delta flight DL17 suffered a hydraulic issue whilst enroute to Detroit prompting the return back to London Heathrow.

At this time, it is unclear what the severity of the hydraulic issue is, as well as when the aircraft will be deemed airworthy again to perform commercial services.

But for now, the aircraft has landed safely into Heathrow, and all eyes will be on whether the aircraft can depart again back to it’s destination or whether a spare aircraft will be needed.

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