Heathrow airport: British Airways flight to the United States diverted in case of sudden emergency

British Airways flight BAW67W was bound for Philadelphia, USA, but was forced to land at London Heathrow Airport as a priority due to a technical problem.

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Trajectory of hijacked BA67 flight from London to Philadelphia

A British Airways flight has been forced to make a sudden landing after a technical problem was declared.

Flight BAW67V bound for the US East Coast has been diverted to Heathrow Airport.

It is the second BA plane forced to land within two days under the Squawk code 7700 which is typically used by pilots to request a priority landing at a busy airport, allowing them to skip the queue.

Airport webcams reported that the Boeing 777-36N(ER) climbed 12,000 feet and then returned to Heathrow instead of completing its journey to Philadelphia.

The plane was tracked by Live Air Traffic website flightradar24 as it appeared to land at West London Airport around 2.45pm on Tuesday.

BA confirmed the plane landed safely and was not an emergency but a priority landing due to a technical issue, with reports online suggesting it could be due to a “pressurization problem”.







The plane was tracked by Live Air Traffic website flightradar24 (stock image)
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Staff arranged for a replacement plane to fly passengers to Philadelphia later Tuesday.

The unexpected landing comes just a day after flight BA 1496 from London to Glasgow was forced to declare a mid-flight emergency.

The pilots involved took action due to technical issues and an emergency was declared around 11 p.m. Monday.

The plane, which typically has a flight time of one hour and 25 minutes, took off from London Heathrow Airport at 9:56 p.m.







The Boeing 777-36N(ER) plane appears to have made a sudden landing at Heathrow Airport (stock image)
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The Plane Finder Global Tracking Network showed a recorded map of the plane’s route as it circled twice over Lanark and Carluke before heading north and turning back south. Glasgow Airport.

A BA spokesperson told the Mirror Online: ‘The pilots requested priority landing as a precaution due to a technical issue and the aircraft landed safely.

According to airport webcams, the hijacked flight was a British Airways BA67 London Heathrow to Philadelphia (Boeing 777-300ER G-STBB).







A British Airways A380 approaches London Heathrow Airport for landing
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It was scheduled to take off from Heathrow at 12:40 UTC and land in Philadelphia at 20:35 UTC.

After leaving Heathrow 16 minutes late at 12:56 p.m., he was forced to turn back and landed at Heathrow at around 2:45 p.m.

Airport webcams tweeted that the plane “stopped climbing at 12,000ft, said Pan Pan, shouted 7700 General Emergency due to pressurization issue (via ATC) and just returned at LHR”.

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