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Officials are investigating what led a British Airways plane to make an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport on the morning of Friday 24th May 2013.
At this stage it is believed a bird strike may caused the incident. A plume of smoke could be seen from the side of the aircraft as it flew back to Heathrow for the emergency landing. The plane had been on its way to Oslo but a technical fault developed.
It has emerged that the most likely cause of the BA incident this morning is a bird strike.
Officials say they can not confirm the exact cause but it is understood it is the main focus of the investigation.
Passenger David Gallagher tweeted this picture, praising British Airways for getting everyone off the plane.
Heathrow Airport's northern runway remains closed after a BA flight was forced to make an emergency landing.
After the BA flight landed, emergency vehicles surrounded the plane and emergency chutes were deployed.
These photos show the latest scenes from Heathrow Airport where emergency workers are securing a plane that was forced to make an emergency landing.
The photo below, which was tweeted by a man claiming to have been a passenger on that flight, shows the left jet engine exposed.
More than 20 emergency vehicles are visible surrounding the British Airways flight.
British Airways said it will carry out a "full investigation" after one of its planes was forced to return to Heathrow Airport following a "technical fault".
The airline is urging all its passengers to check their flight status:
The southern runway has reopened at Heathrow Airport but "heavy delays" are expected throughout the day, Eurocontrol, Europe's air navigation safety watchdog, said:
British Airways has released the following statement regarding its flight that was forced to make an emergency landing: