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British Airways plane forced to turn around and land at Heathrow Airport

A Boeing 777 aircraft was spotted flying back to the airport

A British Airways plane departing Heathrow Airport has been forced to turn around and land at the airport.

The Boeing 777 aircraft was spotted flying back to the airport, with early reports suggesting there could be a problem with the aeroplane's engine.

It is not yet know which destination the British Airways flight was heading towards or the length of delays to the services.

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The flight forced to land was headed for Greece

British Airways confirmed the plane was en route to Athens airport, Greece.


The latest statement from the airline company is:

“Our highly trained engineers are investigating. ​​

“The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority.

“The flight was on its way to Athens.”

'Engine failure' could have been a result of the plane 'striking' a bird

'Flames' seen coming out of the plane, according to Twitter user

An eyewitness claimed flames were coming out of the plane.


Heathrow Airport 'not affected' by landing

A spokesman for Heathrow confirmed that the airport remains unaffected by the U-turn landing.

Fire services are inspecting the grounded plane

British Airways confirm the plane landed 'safely'

A spokesperson for British Airways said:


“The flight landed safely ​after returning to the airport, and our highly trained engineers are investigating what happened.

“The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority.”

Map shows route U-turn plane took

Airlive tweeted the route the plane took in order to turn around

Flight seen on route back to Heathrow Airport

The Boeing 777 aircraft, believed to be flight BAW82GD, was seen changing it’s route.


A Twitter user caught the flight returning to Heathrow on camera(Image: @Si_Castle)

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