Fire in the Sky in London
Early this morning a British Airways (BA) aircraft made an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport. According to all the tweets, all passengers and crew are safe and the situation is under control. According to the BBC, the plane had an engine fault. Eye witnesses tweeted about and posted photos of seeing flames coming from the plane as it flew overhead.
According to BA, the Airbus A319 that was heading towards Oslo was carrying 75 passengers and a full investigation will be conducted on the incident. Heathrow Airport, EuroControl and the London Fire Brigade are tweeting about the incident to keep the public up to date. According to Heathrow Airport’s tweet posted at 10:09 BST this morning, both runways were closed and all passengers and crew were evacuated on the northern runway. At 10:23 BST, the London Fire Brigade tweeted that a crew from Heathrow fire station was assisting in the aircraft fire and that they believed the fire was now out. Amateur video of the aircraft showed smoke coming from the plane while in flight and a picture posted to Twitter by one of the passengers showed the aircraft covered in fire-retardant foam after landing.
Planes due to land at Heathrow Airport this morning have been re-routed to nearby airports. Airport officials are also telling travellers to check their flight statuses. To keep up to date with the incident, be sure to keep an eye on Twitter. As in any breaking news, social networking platforms seem to be the best place to look to hear about details as they happen. At the moment, the incident is not thought to be terror related, but the details are being examined. What are your thoughts on this?
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