3:05 PM ET: Updated with statement from United Airlines
A Washington-bound United Airlines flight has just diverted to London Heathrow after declaring an emergency due to an unspecified mechanical issue.
UA925 Diverts To Heathrow After Mechanical Issue Onboard
Earlier this afternoon, UA925 took off from London (LHR) on-time just after 4:00 pm, bound for Washington Dulles (IAD). The flight was operated by a 30-year-old Boeing 767-300, registration code N662UA, first delivered to United in 1993.
Shortly after takeoff, as the aircraft passed over Manchester, the captain declared an emergency (squawking 7700) and turned the aircraft back toward London Heathrow. It landed at 5:56 pm local time where it has sat on the ground.
At this point, we have no reason to believe that any passengers were in danger. Typically, these declared emergences are done out of abundance of caution and this diversion
A United spokesperson told Live And Let’s Fly:
United Flight 925 from London to Washington Dulles safely returned to London shortly after takeoff due to a potential mechanical issue. Passengers deplaned at the gate normally and we are making alternative arrangements to get our customers to their destination as soon as possible.
In fact, it appears that within the hour UA925 will take off again using the same aircraft, suggesting the mechanical problem may have been mild in nature:
This is a developing story. We have reached out to United Airlines for more information and will update this story accordingly if United provides additional details.