British Airways flight to Verona is forced to make an emergency landing at Heathrow after ‘reports of burning smell and crew feeling unwell’
- Flight BA2596 to Verona returns to London Heathrow Terminal Five this morning
- Airline told passengers there was a ‘technical issue’ on Airbus A320-232 plane
- Witness tweets dramatic video of fire engines at airport after plane returned
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Flight BA2596 to the Italian city returned to Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Five after what the airline described as a ‘technical issue’ on the Airbus A320-232 plane.
One witness tweeted a dramatic video of fire engines and other emergency vehicles at the airport after the plane returned to Heathrow having initially left at 7am.
Flight BA2596 to the Italian city of Verona returned to London Heathrow Terminal Five today after what British Airways described as a ‘technical issue’ on the Airbus A320-232 plane
Twitter account Shelbourne Films posted a clip of the plane landing back at Heathrow today
The Twitter account Shelbourne Films posted the clip today, saying: ‘That was a long ten minutes.’ It added: ‘There was a smell of burning and some crew felt unwell.’
BA told passengers in a message: ‘We apologise for the delay to your flight today. We had to return back to London Heathrow due to a technical issue.
‘Safety is our number one priority and we would never continue a flight unless it was safe to do so. We are currently in the process of arranging a new aircraft so that we are able to get you to your destination.
‘We now have a new estimated departure time of 12.20pm local time. Please make your way to Gate C55 where your flight will be boarding from.’
Passengers were transferred from the Airbus A320 registration G-EUYD to another plane of the same model with registration G-EUYL.
The British Airways took off from London Heathrow before returning for an emergency landing
A BA spokesman told MailOnline: ‘The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority and the flight returned to Heathrow as a precaution due to a minor technical issue.
‘We’ve apologised to our customers and have organised a replacement aircraft so that we can get them on their way again as quickly as possible.’
Yesterday, a pre-departure rapid Covid-19 testing facility was launched at Heathrow Airport, with the facilities in Terminals 2 and 5 initially offering tests to passengers travelling to Hong Kong before they fly.
To start, the facilities will offer Lamp (loop-mediated isothermal amplification) testing and will expand to offer antigen testing in the coming weeks, the latter of which will be offered to passengers travelling to Italy.
Unlike PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, which are used by the NHS, Lamp and antigen tests can be processed without being sent to a laboratory.
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