A United Airlines jet from London Heathrow (LHR) to Los Angeles International (LAX) diverted to Shannon Airport for an emergency landing today when smoke was detected in the cockpit.
United Flight 935, a Boeing 777-200 with 182 passengers and 10 crew, made a safe landing and no injuries have been reported.
‘All remained on the Boeing 777 as engineers inspected the aircraft to determine whether it could continue its journey.
Passengers sending text messages from the aircraft say the pilots reported smoke in the cockpit and dumped fuel in the Atlantic before turning back to Ireland.’
There is no word yet if the flight will resume.
We are waiting for an update from United…
Jennifer Dohm of United gave us the following statement regarding flight 935:
‘United Airlines confirms that flight UA935 from London Heathrow to Los Angeles today (Feb. 8) diverted to Shannon Airport, landing safely at 1:03 p.m. local time. The Boeing 777-200 aircraft, with 169 customers onboard, diverted to Shannon as a precautionary measure following a mechanical issue. The safety of our customers and employees is our first priority. Because the necessary maintenance work could not be completed before the crew exceeded their legally permitted duty hours, the flight was canceled. We are providing our customers with overnight hotel accommodation and meals and making arrangements for their onward travel tomorrow. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience caused.’
Flight 935 apparently has had another mechanical setback.
This is a quote posted on our website by passenger Gary Ulaner:
‘Update: they apparently addressed the problem. We reboarded the plane today at 1:30 pm GMT. Taxied to the runway. Pilot throttled up and immediately throttled down. A warning indicator came on. The plane returned to the gate and we have deplaned. It is now 6:12pm and waiting to hear next steps. I hope United is smart enough to fly in a 777 replacement as I am sure the passengers are weary of a second fix. United certainly owes passenger compensation for this.’
According to United Flight 935 passenger Gary Ulaner, United is going to fly a replacement Boeing 777 to Shannon tomorrow morning.
Mr. Ulaner, and we suppose more passengers on that flight, are wondering if United is going to compensate them for this ordeal. Airnation.net is trying to contact United to get an answer.
Stay tuned as we will update the situation here…
The following statement was just sent to us by Megan McCarthy from United Airlines:
‘United Airlines confirms that flight UA935 from London Heathrow to Los Angeles yesterday (Feb. 8), a Boeing 777-200 aircraft which diverted to Shannon Airport following a mechanical issue, has been canceled for a second time following a recurrence of the problem today. We are providing the 168 customers affected with a full refund, offering them overnight hotel accommodation and meals and making alternative arrangements for their onward travel tomorrow. The safety of our customers and employees is our first priority. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience caused.’