Wednesday, January 08, 2020

British Airways flight fromMmumbai diverted to Athens after avoiding Iraqi airspace

A British Airways flight from Mumbai to Heathrow has diverted to Athens, after what appears to have been a sudden decision to avoid Iraqi airspace.

Flight BA134 departed from India’s biggest city in the early hours of Wednesday. The Boeing 777 flew the usual track from Mumbai to the UK: across the Arabian Sea, passing over the UAE close to Dubai and flying the length of the Gulf.

The aircraft had just entered Kuwaiti airspace, and was set to fly over northeast Iraq, close to the Iranian frontier – a common route for commercial flights between the Gulf and Europe.
But according to data on the FlightRadar24 site, the aircraft then turned right, passing briefly over Iraq and Iran, before continuing the turn through 270 degrees and heading southwest over Kuwait and into Saudi Arabia.

The aircraft crossed Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt but instead of continuing to London, it touched down at Athens just after 8am, local time.
08/01/20 Simon Calder/Independent

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