BA plane makes emergency landing in London

A British Airways (BA) plane on a flight from China made an emergency landing at London’s Heathrow Airport on Thursday and three people were slightly hurt in an incident police said had no link to terrorism.

”We can confirm that BA Flight 38 arriving from Beijing made an emergency landing. Passengers have been evacuated,” an airport spokesperson added.

”The south runway is closed but the north runway is still operating,” the spokesperson added. The plane was carrying 136 passengers.

The ambulance service said that three people were slightly injured.

Fire engines rushed to the plane, spraying it with foam. The passengers were evacuated by emergency chutes. One of the wings was badly damaged.

British Airways said they had no comment to offer on why the plane came down.

A spokesperson for police headquarters at London’s Scotland Yard said: ”There is nothing to suggest it is terror-related.”

Eyewitness Steve Bell said the wheels were not down on landing. They made a ”grating noise”.

”It turned about 90 degrees on landing. Its wheels were not down. Within minutes fire crews arrived and evacuated all the passengers,” Bell told BBC News.

Among the planes delayed was the flight being taken by Prime Minister Gordon Brown on an official trip to India and China.

The pilot on board Brown’s plane announced that an aircraft had been involved in a ”fairly significant incident on landing”.

The pilot of Brown’s plane said no planes were being allowed to take off or land.– Reuters

Keep the powerful accountable

Subscribe for R30/mth for the first three months. Cancel anytime.

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.

Adrian Croft
Adrian Croft works from London, England. Reuters sub-editor in London. Previously Reuters European Defence Editor in Brussels and before that reported from UK, Spain, U.S., Latin America, South Africa. Adrian Croft has over 929 followers on Twitter.

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

Foreign aid is not ‘aiding’ the development of Nigeria

Because foreign aid is not effective in helping African countries achieve their development goals, the ‘aid sector’ needs to be reformed

The Blue Train’s great Gupta voyage – and the whistleblower...

In 2016, Prinsloo sounded the alarm about the hazardous condition of the Blue Train and free trips being offered to friends of Transnet executives, including the Gupta family and Duduzane Zuma.

Provincial political jostling is in full force as the ANC...

There will be losers and winners as the provinces prepare for their elective conferences and slates are sealed. Find out who is trading.

It’s a Khaltsha thing: Khayelitsha’s growing middle class

In a few years the township will ‘disappear’, and Khayelitsha will become a city, believes one local entrepreneur

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…