Whats up with BA7 today.....?

Old Jul 7, 16, 2:31 pm
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Whats up with BA7 today.....?

LHR - HND......just saw a tweet that it left London, got half way across Russia (after doing a loop the loop over Helsinki), turned back and is now at 38,000ft above Helsinki. What's happening?

Surely if it was something major, there would be an airport for them to divert to? DME? Looks like it might be going all the way back to LHR.

Any inside info? Just curious!

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Old Jul 7, 16, 2:39 pm
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Might not be anything "major" requiring a landing ASAP, it could be something less serious but serious enough that it requires them to return to an airport. If that's the case then returning to LHR where BA have the staff and facilities to deal with the aircraft and its passengers best would be sensible.
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Old Jul 7, 16, 2:45 pm
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Flight Radar says its diverting to HEL. But BA.com show its as returning to LHR

http://www.britishairways.com/rtad/t...ate=2016-07-07
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Old Jul 7, 16, 2:46 pm
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It was initially delayed entering Russian airspace due to a problem with its flight plan. It was then was cleared to enter Russian airspace but the new route it was given meant it had insufficient fuel to get to HND. They attempted to arrange a divert for a fuel top up in Russia but this failed. Hence the return to LHR.
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Old Jul 7, 16, 2:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Down Low View Post
It was initially delayed entering Russian airspace due to a problem with its flight plan. It was then was cleared to enter Russian airspace but the new route it was given meant it had insufficient fuel to get to HND. They attempted to arrange a divert for a fuel top up in Russia but this failed. Hence the return to LHR.
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Ah well, I'm sure those passengers will get well looked after on their return to LHR!
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Old Jul 7, 16, 2:50 pm
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Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
Flight Radar says its diverting to HEL. But BA.com show its as returning to LHR
I think they would have run out of duty hours, if they would have refuelled at HEL. So the return to LHR become the only viable option.
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Old Jul 7, 16, 2:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Down Low View Post
It was initially delayed entering Russian airspace due to a problem with its flight plan. It was then was cleared to enter Russian airspace but the new route it was given meant it had insufficient fuel to get to HND. They attempted to arrange a divert for a fuel top up in Russia but this failed. Hence the return to LHR.
Why not top-up in HEL?
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A 12 hour flight to nowhere due to avoidable errors. Goodness, I think even I would be a slightly annoyed at that. I guess going to HEL would have led to crew going out of hours and what not.
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Originally Posted by Down Low View Post
They attempted to arrange a divert for a fuel top up in Russia but this failed. Hence the return to LHR.
At a guess, the first plan was to top up in HEL, but the crew would have gone out of hours and/or it was impossible to replace them with a fresh crew?

I don't feel only for those on board - I can immediately think of one FTer who will not be happy about this (for good reason).
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Old Jul 7, 16, 2:54 pm
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At a guess, the first plan was to top up in HEL, but the crew would have gone out of hours and/or it was impossible to replace them with a fresh crew?

I don't feel only for those on board - I can immediately think of one FTer who will not be happy about this (for good reason).
Uh oh......!

Yeah, after 12 hours ending up back at your departure point, I guess you'd be annoyed. Although if I was in F, I think the annoyance would be slightly easier to deal with
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I'm sure everyone onboard will enjoy their breakfast before they land at 23:50 right back where they started.
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Now that's one way to screw with their body clocks!
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I'd love to hear the captain's announcement!
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Originally Posted by stu1985 View Post
Uh oh......!
Although if I was in F, I think the annoyance would be slightly easier to deal with
Double dipping for TP's and Avios?
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