Last updated: 11:00 AM ET, Fri August 07 2015

Flight to LAX Makes Emergency Landing at London Heathrow Airport

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 07, 2015

Flight to LAX Makes Emergency Landing at London Heathrow Airport

A flight heading to Los Angeles was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing Friday in London reportedly due to sparks coming from multiple seats in the first-class section of the plane.

In a report from Alexander Smith and Oscar Stephens-Willis of, United Airlines Flight UA935 from London to Los Angeles International Airport was forced to return to Heathrow Airport at 12:33 p.m. local time when the captain reported a midair emergency.

One of the passengers—34-year-old Ralph McLaughlin—told about what happened during the flight and what the captain told everyone, saying, “The captain announced that there were some sparks coming from two of the first-class seats. I didn't see it because I'm in economy, but now the plane has landed I can smell some electrical smoke.”

The Boeing 777 took off from London at 10:43 a.m. local time and was carrying 265 passengers and 14 crew members at the time of the emergency landing. The plane landed safely and there were no reported injuries.

United Airlines spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm released a statement about the incident, saying, “I understand there may have been a possible electrical issue with a seat onboard. The flight landed safely and our maintenance team is reviewing now ... We will work to get our customers to Los Angeles as quickly as possible.”

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