Published On: Tue, Oct 9th, 2018

BA flight declares 'EMERGENCY' over London – technical issue sparks alert


Flight BA1399, which departed from Manchester at 3.50pm BST, began circling the skies over Buckinghamshire, according to aircraft tracking service FlightRadar.

British Airways told Express.co.uk the aircraft reported a “minor technical issue” but had since landed safely.

Unconfirmed reports on social media suggest the aircraft stopped on the tarmac shortly after landing at Heathrow, briefly disrupting operations at the airport.

A spokesman said: “Our flight landed normally following reports of a minor technical issue on the aircraft. The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our priority.”

Flight BA1399 sent out an emergency ‘7700’ signal during its 260-mile journey from Manchester to London.

Data from FlightRadar shows the aircraft circled over Chesham, Buckinghamshire, before resuming its approach to Heathrow.

It landed at 5.23pm, 23 minutes behind schedule.

The Airbus A319-100 has seating for up to 144 passengers.

British Airways operates 44 of the aircraft in its fleet.

Last month, a BA flight from London was forced to make to an emergency landing after the cockpit reportedly filled with fumes and a burning smell.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was en route from Heathrow to Calgary, Canada, when it had to make a diversion to remote Iqaluit Airport in Nunavut.

The aircraft landed safely and passengers were provided accommodation while a replacement flight was organised for the following day.



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