Wed October 15 2003, 02:13 AMBF
Smoke/Emergency Landing due to IFE
BA LGW-ATL Diverts, OK.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - An Atlanta-bound British Airways flight made an unscheduled landing Monday in Charlotte after pilots reported mechanical problems, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Flight 2227, a Boeing 777 from London's Gatwick Airport, landed in Charlotte at 4:11 p.m. ET, said Christopher White, a spokesman with FAA's Atlanta office.
Two hundred passengers and crew members left the plane via stairs; no one was injured.
British Airways officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the nature of the mechanical problem. The airline's Web site said Flight 2227 was to arrive in Atlanta from Charlotte around 6:30 p.m. ET.
Capt. Rob Brisley, a spokesman for the Charlotte Fire Department, said his department was asked to stand by because of reports of smoke in the cockpit, but that no firefighters were activated.
A poster on Pprune said his wife was on the flight and the problem appeared to be with a DVD or VCR in the First Class Section of the plane. http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=104700