Heathrow Airport has warned passengers of flight delays after a British Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing. Both runways were closed earlier this morning, causing flight delays for the rest of the day.
The BA plane was safely evacuated after black smoke was seen coming from an engine of the aircraft. The airline has said that the Heathrow to Oslo flight returned to Heathrow after a technical fault at 09:00 this morning.
A total of 23 flights have been diverted so far as a result of the incident, according to Heathrow. The airport has advised that passengers should expect delays of up to an hour and extended aircraft taxiing times.
“I could see smoke on the right engine,” said Jez Stamp, who was on-board a plane waiting to take off. "We just saw it come to a halt and fire engines were already there waiting for it and they immediately started hosing the plane down," he told the BBC.
"Police at Heathrow assisted in the response to the emergency landing. It is not being treated as a terrorist incident at this time," tweeted the Metropolitan Police.
“This was a professional job done by professional people,” commented Captain Mark Searle, chairman of the British Airline Pilots’ Association. "As pilots we spend our whole career training to manage incidents such as this in order to avoid an incident becoming a disaster... BALPA representatives will be assisting the pilots involved in this incident and providing whatever support they need."
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