New York bound United flight returns to London Heathrow

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A United Airlines scheduled flight bound for New York from the United Kingdom made an unscheduled return to London on Sunday September 10.

United Airlines flight UA941 London – New York Newark

United Airlines flight UA941, a Boeing 767-300ER, was operating the transatlantic service from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to New York Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) yesterday afternoon.

The flight had made a departure on the long haul service after a slight delay. Data shows the flight actual time of departure from London Heathrow as 16:54 local time; against a scheduled departure time of 16:00 BST.

Flight UA941 has proceeded normally on the westerly outbound track, climbing to a cruising altitude of FL350 (35,000 feet).

Flight plan track of United flight UA941 from London to New York Newark, showing return to London Heathrow.

Diversion and return to London Heathrow

Established on flight plan track over the Atlantic to the west of Ireland, the aircraft then initiated a turnaround at 17:55 UTC; approximately 2 hours into the transatlantic service.

The aircraft did not declare an emergency and squawk code 7700 was not activated in this instance. The flight subsequently initiated a precautionary return to the departure airport of London Heathrow (LHR), where it landed without any reported incident.

The aircraft involved in yesterday’s service was Boeing 777-300ER registered N669UA; a 24-year old widebody aircraft belonging to the US carrier United Airlines.

The cause of yesterday’s unscheduled return to London has not been ascertained at the time of writing. A further scheduled service operating as flight UA941 to New York Newark (EWR) is listed for today, September 11 at the scheduled time of 16:00 BST.

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