Video of BA plane emergency

London Heathrow has temporarily closed both runways after a BA flight had to make an emergency landing.

Air traffic manage backlog of flights

NATS air traffic controllers are working with airlines toclear the backlog of flights following runway closures at Heathrow today.

Controllers at Heathrow airport, as well as airports in the South East, are working out which flights are most important to help contain the situation.

Both runways were closed at Heathrow this morningafter a BA flight to Oslo had engine problems and returned to the airport.

We have well-rehearsed plans and processes in place forhandling an incident like this but nevertheless it has been extremely busy forour controllers in Swanwick and at a lot of our airport operations.

– NATS Managing Director Martin Rolfe

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BA pilots praised for 'quick, professional response'

Heathrow's chief operating officer Normand Boivin praised BA pilots for their quick, professional response to this morning's emergency landing.

Watch: Firefighters spray plane with fire retardanat

I would like to pay tribute to BA's pilots and crew and Heathrow's fire and airside teams. In particular, I'd like to thank this morning's airport duty manager Mark Freeman and his team for their quick and professional response to today's incident.

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Heathrow flight cancellations to continue

'A number' of flight cancellations will continue throughout the rest of the day.
'A number' of flight cancellations will continue throughout the rest of the day. Credit: Press Association.

Heathrow's chief operating officer Normand Boivin said there will be a number of flight cancellations throughout the rest of today, following earlier's emergency landing on a British Airways (BA) flight.

Watch: Passenger footage show dramatic emergency landing

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.

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193 Heathrow flights cancelled

Heathrow Airport have said that 193 flights have been cancelled following the emergency landing by a BA flight earlier today. They advised all passengers due to travel from the airport today to check the status of their flights with their airline.

  • 193 flights have been cancelled
  • Delays remain on some flights
  • Passengers are advised to check the status of their flights with their airline

British Airways said they are not planning further cancellations. A spokesperson said:

Some flights do remain cancelled but we are not planning further cancellations.

We are still advising passages to check the status of their flight on our website.

Read: Heathrow flight cancellations to continue

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BA advises passengers to rebook cancelled flights

Read: Heathrow Airport's travel disruption advice

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Manston Airport steps in after Heathrow emergency

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Two flights were diverted from Heathrow to Manston Airport in Kent

Manston Airport in Kent assisted with diverted aeroplanes after an emergency landing at Heathrow which closed all runways at the London airport for a period of time.

The airfield in Thanet hosted two diverted British Airways A320 aircrafts.

Manston Airport staff said the first diverted plane was one which had been heading from Helsinki in Finland to Heathrow; while the second was a flight from Budapest in Hungary.

The Chief Executive of Manston Airport, Charles Buchanan thanked his staff for their contributions to the operation:

ā€œIā€™d just like to thank all the team at Manston who handled these two flights, as well as the passengers arriving and departing on the scheduled KLM service to and from Schiphol, Amsterdam this morning.ā€

Officials at Manston said that both flights would return to Heathrow after permission is granted by London Air Traffic Control.

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Manston Airport is two miles west of Ramsgate in north west Kent

BA says crew & passengers 'safe & well' after plane's emergency landing

The airline which owns the aeroplane that was forced to make an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport this morning has issued a statement. British Airway said that a full investigation into what happened is underway.

Customers and crew onboard a British Airways aircraft that returned to Heathrow this morning are safe and well after being evacuated from the aircraft.

Flight BA762 departed Heathrow at 8.16am and returned to Heathrow at 8.43am due to an engine technical fault. The Airbus A319 aircraft was carrying 75 customers and five crew.

The aircraft landed safely and cabin crew evacuated customers using emergency slides. Airline colleagues are now caring for customers in the airport terminal. There is likely to be disruption to other flights today into and out of Heathrow.

Customers are advised to check ba.com for information about their flights before departing for the airport.

The airline has begun a full investigation into the incident and is working with the Air Accident Investigation Bureau to establish the cause.

– British Airways statement
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