On board the extreme journeys that caused alarm

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Flight routes into London, Philadelphia and Los Angeles from New York have all undergone a dramatic revision in the past decade – but what’s behind them?

Not all have been fully explained. Here’s a look at five of the most alarming incidents over the past decade.

The Boeing 777 landing with empty fuel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Boeing 777 reported that there was no fuel to continue the flight

In March 2010, a Boeing 777 arriving in Heathrow’s Terminal Five was diverted to Birmingham for repairs to the plane’s landing gear.

A spokesman for the carrier, the largest in the Middle East, said the aircraft landed with no fuel. The problem had occurred after taking off from New York at 5:30am local time. The jet was evacuated safely.

“However, on board there was limited electrical power, cabin pressure was reduced and there was not enough oxygen in the cabin,” the airline said in a statement.

The 747 passenger and crew cabin fire

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption All 168 passengers and crew evacuated safely

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Rescue services were scrambled to Schiphol airport in the Netherlands after a Boeing 747 carrying 239 people on board was on fire.

All passengers and crew escaped safely.

The high-speed emergency landing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 787 Dreamliner experienced three high-speed emergency landings after engine problems

The Boeing 787-8, the newest version of the Dreamliner, was grounded last year after electrical faults were identified.

In August 2017, the aircraft was grounded again after its captain was struck by lightning during a transatlantic flight.

The 747 emergency landings

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Passengers suffered minor injuries in three incidents

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In 2016, flights between Europe and Hong Kong had to make emergency landings after cabin depressurisation.

In February 2017, there were two emergency landings within minutes of each other on different European routes.

In one, all 232 passengers and 14 crew on board the Emirates flight were evacuated safely after the Boeing 747’s hydraulic system became jammed.

In the other, the aircraft had to land again when the flight attendant who had been smoking a cigarette had to switch off the cabin pressure so she could fit it through the door.

Both incidents involved aircraft that had suffered electrical faults.

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