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BA Boeing 777 on transatlantic returns to Gatwick with ‘cracked windscreen’

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The windscreen of a British Airways flight that had been flying over the Atlantic Ocean reportedly developed a crack, prompting the return of the aircraft to London-Gatwick Airport (LGW).

On Monday, August 21, 2023, at 11:09 a.m. local time, the Boeing 777-200ER departed for Orlando Airport (MCO), but after only a few hours, the plane was forced to make a U-turn.

After four and a half hours of flight, the aircraft, which was scheduled to land in the US at 3 o’clock, instead touched down at Gatwick.

The 24-year-old jet’s passengers disembarked, and the aircraft was taken away for inspection.

“Our pilots returned to London Gatwick as a precaution due to a minor technical issue, and the aircraft landed normally. We’ve apologized to customers for the disruption to their journey and our teams are working hard to get them on their way as soon as possible,” British Airways said in a statement.

The origin of the cracked windscreen is still unclear. @FlightEmergency provided the first information about the incident.

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