Accident to Boeing 777-236, G-YMMM at London Heathrow Airport on 17 January 2008

Date & Time:

17 January 2008 at 1243 hrs UTC


London Heathrow Airport

Aircraft type:

Boeing 777-236


British Airways

Departed from:

Beijing, China


London Heathrow Airport

Today (17 January 2008) at 1243 hrs UTC, a British Airways Boeing 777-236, registration G-YMMM, was involved in an accident whilst approaching to land at Runway 27L, London Heathrow Airport on a flight from Beijing, China.

Statement by the Chief Inspector of Air Accidents, David King

"In accordance with International Regulations, an investigation has been established by the United Kingdom Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the Department for Transport and I have appointed Mr Robin Tydeman as the Investigator in Charge.  He will be supported by other investigation specialists from my staff.

"The investigation will also be supported by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), USA representing the State of Design and Manufacture of the aircraft.  The NTSB have appointed an Accredited Representative.

At present, my staff are involved in preliminary inquiries to establish the known facts of the accident.  I will release an initial report within 48 hours of the accident, which will provide the known circumstances. The cause(s) of the accident can take some time to establish but I will also release a preliminary report within 30 days.  The final report may take considerably longer to produce but I also have a duty to take any action we consider necessary as soon as we become aware of any safety related aspects arising from the investigation."