British Airways Plane Touches Down Without Full Landing Gear
Photo courtesy of Paul Thompson
A British Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing Saturday in London when the plane began to suffer from mechanical issues with the landing gear.
According to Elsa Vulliamy of The Independent, British Airways Flight 295 was en route from London’s Heathrow Airport to Chicago when the pilot of the plane decided that mechanical issues warranted an emergency landing.
The aircraft dumped fuel over open water to lighten the weight, and the British Airways plane made its way back to Heathrow Airport. The pilot managed to land the aircraft safely with only three of the five sets of landing gear lowering properly.
A passenger onboard the flight named Martin Robinson told The Independent, “The pilot was brilliant, very cool and calm. We are currently sitting on runway waiting to be towed back. Emergency services were on stand-by. I think the pilot nailed it. Everyone was calm. Landing was almost seamless. Better than other flights I've been on.”
Robinson shared an image of the plane’s landing gear on Twitter following the landing:
British Airways was not as quick to admit exactly what happened during the incident. The airline told ABCNews.com, “As a precaution, one of our flights returned to Heathrow due to a technical issue. After a short delay, while our engineers finished their checks, we moved the aircraft from the runway and will begin transferring customers to a replacement aircraft.”
As a result of the priority landing and the delicate nature of the touch down, the Heathrow runway was temporarily closed until the plane could eventually be moved. Several flights were delayed, but the facility reopened a short time later.
A few hours after the landing, passengers from the diverted flight were booked on another plane destined for Chicago.
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