British Airways Engine Fire? Witnesses in Arlington Heights Report Explosion, Engine Fire from Boeing 747

British Airways Flight 294 Route Map Return to O'Hare Flightaware

Witnesses in Arlington Heights report hearing a loud explosion, almost like a sonic boom, over Arlington Heights about 5:50 p.m. Sunday September 3, 2017. Other witnesses reported a bang, followed by rumbling.

Witnesses reported seeing flames from the #2 engine of a Boeing 747 heading northbound over the Ivy Hill neighborhood, which is located just northeast of the intersection of Arlington Heights Road and Rand Road. Witnesses reported booms, rumbling, and strange noise from the aircraft as it was spotted headed northbound. over Arlington Heights.

Boeing 747 Engine Position Numbers
(any four-engine position numbers)
#1 – port outer – left furthest from fuselage
#2 – port inner – left nearest fuselage
#3 – starboard inner – right nearest fuselage
#4 – starboard outer – right farthest from fuselage

According to, British Airways Flight 294 (O’Hare to London Heathrow) plotted over Golf Road and Arlington Heights Road at an altitude of 4,500 feet at 5:48 p.m. after taking off

The aircraft plotted over Arlington Heights Road and Grove Street at 4,700 feet at 5:49 p.m.

The Boeing 747 plotted over Arlington Heights Road and Oakton Street at 5,200 feet at 5:49 p.m.

About the time of the explosion or bang heard at 5:49 p.m., the aircraft was over Arlington Heights Road and Hintz Road at an altitude of about 5,600 feet.

The pilot on British Airways reported they lost an engine and were experiencing vibrations.

The aircraft continued to ascend until about 7:19 p.m. after it was circling over Lake Michigan and possibly dumping fuel.

British Airways Flight 294 (BAW294) landed safely at O’Hare at about 7:41 p.m., according to British Airways Flight 294 was scheduled to arrive at London Heathrow (LHR) at 06:41AM BST (+1) on September 4, 2017. There was no official alert on British Airways official Twitter account.

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According to a history map, British Airways Flight 294 apparently took off from Runway 28R and returned to O’Hare, landing on Runway 28C.

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Arlington Heights Rd and Hintz Rd

Kennicott Ave and Hintz Rd

Palatine Rd and Kennicott Ave

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Arlington Heights Rd and Euclid Ave (2)

Palatine Rd and Rohlwing Rd, Palatine

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Rand Rd and Dundee Rd


Sound like a giant helicopter

Loud huff huff huff noise

Bang and a rumbling noise mixed in with jet noise

Several loud booms (sounded like sonic booms)

Sounded like sonic boom


Saw flames, then heard a large boom


Saw the plane angling down then level off

Saw flames coming from the engine

Saw flames coming from engine number two

Saw a lot of smoke coming from the plane

Saw plane make an immediate turn right toward Lake Michigan

Clearly on fire, spitting flames out of the front of the engine

Traveling north with orange flame coming out of rear of inboard engine on left side

Flame extinguished before lost site of plane in distance

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