American Airlines Flight From Zurich to Philadelphia Diverts Due to 'Maintenance'
An American Airlines flight en route from Zurich (ZRH) to Philadelphia (PHL) diverted to London (LHR) after declaring an emergency mid-flight on Friday.
The Boeing 767-300 (registration N349AN) departed from its gate at ZRH just after 11:40am local time and was more than one hour into flight when it began diverting north toward LHR.
The aircraft landed without incident at LHR just after 12:30pm local time on runway 09L.
At this point, not much is known about the incident or what caused the aircraft to divert other than a maintenance issue. Spokespeople from AA have confirmed that a maintenance team on the ground at LHR is evaluating the aircraft.
*Update 3/30/18 10:55am ET: An AA spokesperson told TPG that the airline is in the process of moving passengers to other flights — both with British Airways and/or American. For travelers who aren't placed on Friday flights, American is providing hotel accommodations overnight and will place passengers on flights that depart from London on Saturday morning.
The American Airlines customer relations team will be reaching out to all affected passengers.