It has emerged that a United Airlines Boeing 767 between Rome and Washington has diverted to Dublin following an unspecified issue onboard.
Incident: United Airlines 767 Rome-Washington Diverts to Dublin…
United Airlines flight UA885 is a routine scheduled flight between Rome Fiumicino Airport and Washington Dulles, with the affected rotation being operated by N76054.
As per data from Planespotters.net, N76054 is a 23.0 year old Boeing 767-400 which was delivered to the airline back in December 2000 under the Continental Airlines name.
It was handed over to the United Airlines brand in October 2010 following the merger between the two sides.
Of the 767-400 variant, the airline has 16 of them, of which 14 are in active service and two are currently parked, with an average age of 22.2 years.
UA885 departed Rome at 1047 local time this morning and proceeded westbound in the direction of Washington Dulles.
Upon entering the oceanic entry point, the United Airlines aircraft made a eastward turn, and announced a diversion to Dublin was on the cards.
At this stage, it is unclear what the reason for the diversion is, but the aircraft has not squawked the 7700 emergency code at this time, so whatever the issue is onboard, it is under control.
AviationSource will seek to establish the cause of the diversion, and once we have ascertained that information, we will update the article accordingly.
But for now, this remains a developing story. Stay tuned for updates by refreshing the page frequently.
UPDATE #1 @ 1335 UK time – @FlightEmergency confirming that the cause of the diversion was due to a medical emergency onboard.
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