British Airways flight declares mid-air emergency – flight to London Heathrow raises alarm
The BA flight number BA268 was travelling over Northern Ireland when the crew declared the emergency, which they said was due to a sick passenger. As a result the plane was given “priority” access to land at London Heathrow airport.
The flight departed Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 21:46 local time on March 30 and was due to arrive at Heathrow at about 4pm this afternoon.
But the plane secured an earlier landing slot at the UK’s busiest airport, having declared an emergency while flying over Northern Ireland.
The BA plane landed at 3.47pm.
The pilot had alerted controllers that there was an emergency underway by “squawking 7700”, the transponder code for a “general emergency”.
A British Airways spokesperson told MyLondon: “The plane has landed normally.