A BRITISH AIRWAYS flight BA292 from Washington arrived at Heathrow this morning, September 11 and had to request a priority landing due to technical faults found mid-flight which resulted in a runway closure and attendance by fire tenders.
In the event, a safe landing was made and there were no injuries but technicians will need to examine the aircraft to identify the fault and its cause.
Early reports suggest that there was a failure in the hydraulic system but this has not been confirmed by the airline. A Heathrow spokesman said: “It was a full emergency but it’s all clear. All the runways are open. The aircraft has been pulled back to its stand.”
This is the second BA Boeing 777-200 aircraft to suffer from problems, although today’s event was not as dramatic as that at Las Vegas two days ago.
It is worrying however that the 777 is not only a major part of the British Airways long haul fleet but is also operated in different configurations by many airlines worldwide including Malaysia Airlines whose Boeing 777 flight MH370 disappeared from the skies mysteriously in March 2014.
A statement from British Airways made soon after the landing said ‘The flight crew requested a priority landing as a precaution, and the aircraft landed safely. The safety of our customers and crew is always our main concern and our highly trained pilots will never compromise this. We are sorry for the delay to our customers’ journeys.’