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British Airways Flight Makes Emergency Landing at London Heathrow Airport

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | July 28, 2015

British Airways Flight Makes Emergency Landing at London Heathrow Airport

A burning smell in the cockpit of a British Airways flight prompted an emergency landing at London Heathrow Airport on Monday, the Daily Mail reported.

Pilots aboard Flight 327, which had already been delayed by two hours, issued a Mayday call just minutes after departing from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris Monday evening.

"Our Paris flight landed safely after our highly trained pilots took the precaution of requesting a priority landing due to a suspected technical problem," a British Airways spokesperson told the Daily Mail. "Safety is always our number one priority."

Upon landing, the flight's 163 passengers disembarked safely and were escorted to the terminal.

Passenger Dave Luckett told the Daily Mail that he and the other passengers were informed "there had been a problem with the engine's cooling system." 

"...the captain came on the tannoy (PA) and said that there had been a burning smell in the cockpit, and for the last 25 minutes both pilots had been wearing their oxygen masks," he added. Luckett and other passengers praised the flight crew's poise and professionalism throughout the frightening ordeal, describing the staff as "brilliant."

Flight-tracking website reported Flight 327 reached London from Paris in 39 minutes, landing at 10:36 p.m. local time Monday. 

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