Royal Jordanian flight to Chicago diverts to London

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A Royal Jordanian scheduled flight bound for Chicago from Amman was forced to make an unscheduled diversion into London yesterday.

Royal Jordanian RJ263 Amman – Chicago

Royal Jordanian flight RJ263, a Boeing 787-8 operating a long haul service from Amman (AMM) Jordan to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), made the unscheduled diversion yesterday after dumping fuel prior to the transatlantic crossing.

The flight was proceeding outbound to the east of Ireland when it initiated the fuel dump procedure before diverting to London Heathrow Airport (LHR).

It is understood the cause of the precautionary diversion was a medical issue onboard. The flight did not declare a formal emergency, but elected to make the diversion before continuing to Chicago.

Flight track of Royal Jordanian flight RJ263 from Amman to Chicago, showing diversion to London.

Departure and outbound leg

Data for the flight shows the Royal Jordanian Dreamliner made an on-time departure from Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) at 11:38 local time on 7 September, and climbed to FL360 (36,000 feet) on the outbound track for Chicago.

Approximately 3 hours into the flight, the aircraft made a cruising level change to FL380 before executing the diversion as it approached the Irish east coast near Dublin.

Flight track of Royal Jordanian flight RJ263 from Amman to Chicago, showing diversion to London.

The aircraft conducting yesterday’s long haul service was a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, registered JY-BAG; a 6-year old widebody aircraft belong to the national flag carrier Royal Jordanian Airlines.

Flight continuation to Chicago

Data shows that flight RJ263 remained on the ground at London Heathrow (LHR) for approximately two hours, where it was refuelled before subsequently resuming its flight to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

The flight subsequently landed Chicago at 19:30 CDT, after a flight time of 15 hours 52 minutes, with the diversion. The average flight time on this route is approximately 12 and a half hours.

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