A British Airways aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing this morning after one of its engines caught fire and the cowling blew-off the other.
The Airbus AS19 landed safely with the 75 passengers and five crew were evacuated down emergency shoots. Three crew members were treated for minor injuries. ITV News Reporter Rupert Evelyn reports.
Passengers on board captured dramatic footage of the open left-side jet engine and subsequent emergency landing.
193 flights from Heathrow were cancelled due to the incident, and there were severe delays on flights into the evening.
BA had been expecting today to be the busiest of the bank holiday period with 128,000 passengers due to travel. The airline had planned to carry more than 430,000 customers over the next few days, with 116,000 due to return on bank holiday Monday.
British Airways said it has launched a "full investigation" into the emergency landing.
The delays forced some of the acts due to perform at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Derry to pull-out.