A British Airways plane travelling from London to Oslo was forced to make an emergency landing at Heathrow on Friday after a technical fault in an engine.
“The BA762, Heathrow to Oslo service, returned back to Heathrow shortly after take-off due to a technical fault,” BA parent company IAG said. The Airbus A319 aircraft was carrying 75 passengers.
“The aircraft landed safely and emergency slides were deployed and we are currently caring for our customers. Emergency services attended the aircraft,” IAG added.
Video footage on Sky News showed the plane with smoke billowing out of one engine.
“The right engine was on fire,” witness Clive Cook told Sky News. “This plane was coming over and suddenly the tone of the engine changed dramatically. I’d almost say it was like a blowout or an explosion.”
The airport, Europe’s busiest, closed both its runways to deal with the incident, but one has since re-opened.
A spokesman for the London fire brigade, which attended the incident, said they believed the fire was now out.
BA’s A319s are powered by two IAE V2500 engines made by the International Aero Engines consortium, part-owned by Pratt & Whitney parent UTC.