BA flight from Bangkok to London declares emergency
British Airways flight from Bangkok to Heathrow makes emergency landing after a passenger falls ill on board
A British Airways flight from Bangkok to London made an emergency landing at Heathrow airport tonight after a passenger fell ill on board.
The Boeing 777-236 jet carrying hundreds of passengers landed safely after declaring an emergency over southeastern England at the end of a 12-hour flight.
A British Airways spokesman told MailOnline the incident involved a medical emergency.
The Boeing 777-236 jet carrying hundreds of passengers was due to land at 5.15pm following a 12-hour flight and made a sudden change of direction at it flew over southeastern England
The airline said in a statement: ‘The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority.
‘Our highly trained pilots requested a priority landing in order that a customer could receive urgent medical attention.’
Last month, the engine of a British Airways plane burst into flames while taking off a runway at an airport in Arizona, forcing the packed aircraft to make an emergency landing.
The plane was captured on cameras as it came in to land at the west London airport
The London bound-flight began to emit sparks from its engine during the journey.
BA later said in a statement that the problem had occurred after the Boeing 747 left the runway due to a technical issue with one of its four engines.
The plane was forced to return to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and landed safely.