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Old 17th Dec 2014, 12:47
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Not sure what UA 28 is doing south west of the Isle of Wight but has been doing it for an awful long time, even for a fuel dump?
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Not sure but he advised the controller that he would be holding for approx 2 hours before returning to LHR. Was just burning fuel, now dumping.
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The Newark arrivals board has the flight posted as 'Diverted'
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It's been holding for an eternity. Even with a tech issue requiring a fuel dump and return to LHR it should be back long ago?
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Old 17th Dec 2014, 13:36
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From the BBC radio news, returning to Heathrow due to a 'maintenance issue'. Unusual that a pretty normal and oft experienced happening should make a mention on the news ?
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Agreed. I don't know the 767 that well but unless it has an electrical bus issue that is also rendering the fuel jettison system inop so he's having to burn it? A normal airborne return doesn't take over three hours when so close to the origin?
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Old 17th Dec 2014, 14:08
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It's most likely as you say, needs to burn fuel the old way, so they're at 12,000ft for a few hours and then RTB. From the beeb….

13:30: Flight returns to Heathrow 'over maintenance issue' A US-bound United Airlines flight is returning to London's Heathrow airport following a maintenance issue, the airline has said.
Flight UA28 to Newark, New Jersey, had been circling off the south coast of England for about two hours.
It has 227 customers and a crew of 13 on board.
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Old 17th Dec 2014, 14:45
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UAL 28 Dumping Fuel

UAL 28 Dumping Fuel south west Isle of white 12000ft
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UAL 28 returning to EGLL

United flight 28 LHR-EWR, Boeing 767, currently holding SW of Isle of Wight,FL120,airborne for 3 hours,as of 1509GMT.
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Leaving the hold now inbound LHR
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UAL28 LHR > EWR

been circling for 3hrs plus, did see a brief mention on Twitter that it is maintenance related but can't find substantiation

have deleted image due to it's size will edit and repost
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it has just broken out of hold pattern and appears to be heading back to LHR

No image of hold it remains too big for page

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Old 17th Dec 2014, 15:22
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From Reuters: UA28 Returning due to "Maintenance Issue"

U.S.-bound United Airlines flight returns to London after 'maintenance issue' | Reuters
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Now out of the hold and heading 040.
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15;39 local, he is now descending from FL080 for LHR. After over a dozen orbits in the Isle of Wight region.
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Old 17th Dec 2014, 15:51
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Landed 15.45 GMT LHR
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good news - appears to have landed safely.
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Old 17th Dec 2014, 15:54
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As of 15.53 on the ground tootling along towards T3 at LHR. Glad that it wasn't too serious, but am curious as to what it was
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Daily Mirror has a tweet from a passenger, who took a photo from the apron while disembarking, of left hand engine with cowl open and being looked at. May be a clue.
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