Local residents looking to jet off to foreign climes over the weekend may be set for disruption today after an emergency landing forced the closure of both runways at Heathrow Airport.
Both runways were closed after a British Airways plane had to make an emergency landing - although one runway has since reopened.
Heathrow said that all passengers and crew had been safely evacuated from the plane following the incident at about 9am this morning (Friday).
There was speculation that the aircraft had run into a flock of birds.
Emergency vehicles surrounded the plane and emergency chutes could be seen being deployed.
London Fire Brigade said a crew from Heathrow fire station had assisted Heathrow Airport’s fire service with “an aircraft fire”.
”We believe the fire is now out,” it added.
The plane was on Heathrow’s northern runway which remained shut. Later the southern runway reopened.
TV pictures showed smoke billowing from the stricken aircraft while it was airborne.
It is believed the flight was BA762 involving an Airbus A319 aircraft. BA762 was scheduled to take off from Heathrow bound for Oslo at 7.55am.
Passengers on resumed flights at Heathrow were being warned to expect delays of 30-60 minutes as well as 30 minutes of aircraft taxiing time.
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