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100 suitcases covered in sewage after pipe burst at Heathrow

Planes queuing to take off on the Southern runway at Heathrow Airport. Credit: PA

Many passengers have been left without their baggage following a pipe burst in Heathrow Terminal 5, which meant their bags were covered in raw sewage.

About 100 suitcases were soaked in the sewage when a pipe in the sewage system burst in the terminal's baggage hold area on Monday.

The process of reuniting passengers with their luggage is ongoing after Heathrow had the luggage cleaned.

A spokesperson for the airport operator, BAA Heathrow, said:

“There was a leak from the sewage system in the baggage area of Terminal 5 on Monday which affected around a hundred bags.

"We appreciate this will be upsetting for passengers. The bags have now been cleaned and are being reunited with their owners."