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British Airways: 'No-one was in danger at any point'

British Airways engineers are examining a 747 that had to return to Heathrow after experiencing a "minor technical problem" less than three hours into its flight to Hong Kong.

The British Airways 747 at a stand at Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport, after it was forced to turn back from its planned flight to Hong Kong. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A British Airways spokesman said: "One of our aircraft experienced a minor technical problem and because of that returned to Heathrow as a precaution.

"Nobody was in danger at any point.

"At the moment our engineers are examining the aircraft. The exact nature of the fault is being looked at."

The flight - BA 0025 - had just started on its 12-hour journey when the problem was spotted.

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BA flight 'returning to Heathrow after technical fault'

A British Airways flight bound for Hong Kong is returning to Heathrow airport after reports of a technical fault with its landing gear.

The flight took off from the London airport but has spent some time circling the English Channel and is now returning to the UK.

The airline told the BBC that there was a, "technical problem and the flight will be returning to Heathrow."

BA owner remains committed to 'fantastic' Dreamliner

Willie Walsh - chief of British Airways owner IAG - has said he remains committed to Boeing's new Dreamliner aircraft despite a series of faults.

He said that most new aircraft have "teething problems" but admitted that the grounding of an entire fleet was unusual, adding that social media had contributed to the outcry over the safety of the Dreamliner.

ITV News' Economics Editor Richard Edgar asked whether he was annoyed by the faults:

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BA's owner has complete confidence in Dreamliner

by - Economics Editor

The chief of International Airlines Group - which owns British Airways - has said he has complete confidence in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner despite a series of faults.

Willie Walsh told me that the string of fires and faults are normal teething problems, which is good seeing as he is buying so many.

The flight deck of the second British Airways liveried Boeing 787 Dreamliner which has arrived at Heathrow Airport Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Read: BA owner reports £29m loss in first half of 2013

Timeline of Boeing 787 Dreamliner faults and groundings

'Passengers have the right to expect safe travel'

The initial report from the AAIB on the emergency landing of BA flight 762 contains serious findings. The industry must act immediately to take the appropriate safety action and ensure that all lessons are learnt from what has happened. Airline passengers have the right to expect to travel safely and it is the responsibility of all involved in aviation to make sure that happens.

I would like to thank the AAIB for their hard work in producing the initial report. They must now be allowed to continue with their investigation and when the final report is complete the relevant authorities will need to consider any further action necessary, in line with the recommendations.

– Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary
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