BA plane in emergency landing at Gatwick UK News

Lloyd Doyle
July 22, 2018

The airline apologised to passengers for yesterday's "systems issue", which lead to a backlog for passengers and a number of cancellations.

Eight incoming planes had to be diverted to other airports and two departures from Gatwick were cancelled as the BA jet was inspected on the runway in the early hours of this morning.

London's Heathrow Airport said on Wednesday operations were resuming after the control tower was briefly evacuated when a fire alarm was activated, although some flights would probably be delayed. A notice on the airline's website says it is doing "all it can" to keep problems to a minimum.

Flight BA2605 from Naples in Italy had to perform the emergency landing due to a hydraulic fluid leak, as reported in the national press today (Friday, July 20).

"As a result of the runway being unavailable, a number of aircraft diverted away from Gatwick".

Ministers have said that plans will not proceed unless the operator of the airport can demonstrate that the third runway can be delivered without creating additional levels of air pollution in the capital, and risking future non-compliance with air quality targets.

Hundreds of passengers were told to return to the airport on Thursday.

Although the lockdown lasted only around an hour, it is likely that thousands of journeys will have been affected as passengers missed connecting flights or were barred from taking off altogether.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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