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BA plane lands back at Heathrow after mid-air emergency

A British Airways' plane with more than 200 passengers on board has landed safely after having to return to London following a suspected technical problem.

The Boeing 777 - flight BA49 - had left Heathrow Airport at around 2.35pm today bound for Seattle in the USA.

It reached a point north-west of Edinburgh when the cockpit crew made the decision to return to Heathrow.

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Technical problem forces BA plane to turn back

A British Airways' plane with more than 200 passengers on board has landed safely after having to return to London following a suspected technical problem.

Credit: PA

The Boeing 777 - flight BA49 - had left Heathrow Airport at around 2.35pm today bound for Seattle in the USA.

It reached a point north-west of Edinburgh when the cockpit crew made the decision to return to Heathrow.

The aircraft, carrying 218 passengers and 14 crew, landed at around 4.45pm.

Our highly trained pilots returned to Heathrow as a precaution after a suspected technical fault.

Our engineers will inspect the aircraft to determine what the issue was

We are using another Boeing 777 which is scheduled to depart at 9pm this evening. We are sorry for any delays to customers' travel plans, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority.

– British Airways

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On Friday, the Boeing 777, flying from Heathrow Airport to Boston, USA, made an unscheduled stop at Shannon Airport due to a "suspected technical issue".

The same aircraft, carrying 220 passengers, had to be diverted to Shannon on its journey from Seattle to Heathrow on Sunday morning following a "minor technical issue".

The passengers were later flown to their destination on a replacement flight, while the plane was inspected.

A BA spokeswoman said: "Safety is always our first priority, and the aircraft diverted purely as a precaution."

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