BA flight grounded at Cardiff Airport

28 January 2013, 11:59

A British Airways (BA) flight has made an emergency landing at Cardiff Airport.

A British Airways (BA) flight has made an emergency landing at Cardiff Airport.

The Boeing 747 was on its way from Houston, Texas to London Heathrow when it was forced to land in Cardiff at 10:48am.

The airport put their emergency procedure into action, with fire crews attending. All six fire engines have now left the runway.

BA says it was a precaution to divert the plane and that, if all is well, it might take off and carry on to Heathrow.

All 138 passengers are still on board.

Capital spoke to Gary Elsdon just after the plane had landed. He said, “We were just about 40 minutes from Heathrow when the captain said that we were going to have to make an emergency landing at Cardiff.

They’d seen some problems on the flight deck which they said they weren’t happy about and wanted to get us on the ground as quickly as possible.”

Describing what the passengers heard from the pilot, Gary said, “Initially it was, ‘could a member of the crew get to the deck as quickly as possible’, which is never a good thing.

They’re saying it’s a technical issue and they want to get it fixed as quickly as possible.”

He added, “I have to say it was really calm and the BA crew were absolutely amazing keeping everybody organised, and everybody just rallied to make sure everything was good for a good safe landing here at Cardiff.”

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