Return to Heathrow on the BA flight after draining fuel at sea.


A British Airways The flight en route from London to Los Angeles had to return to the UK after “dumping fuel at sea” minutes after take-off.

Flightradar24 reports that flight BA269, which took off at 4.40 p.m. and was supposed to land in LA at 7.30 p.m. local time, circled the North Sea shortly after take-off and landed safely at Heathrow Airport after the emergency.

Images shared on social media are said to show the plane shedding fuel at 11,000 feet.

One person claiming to be a passenger on the flight wrote on Twitter: “BA269 is refueling and returning to Heathrow. Looks like a problem with the flaps.”

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During normal flights, jets burn fuel and become much lighter upon landing.

This means that if an emergency landing is required, they must quickly remove fuel to get rid of the excess weight. The easiest way to do this is to drain the fuel.

According to Flight Radar, the BA aircraft is a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Passengers have been told that a new plane will be waiting for them and that they will be leaving in about two hours. MyLondon reports.

According to one passenger: “The flight crew was wonderful and kept everyone calm.”

A BA spokesman said: “Our well-trained pilots have returned to Heathrow as a precaution.

“The plane landed safely and we have a replacement plane ready to get our customers on their way as soon as possible.”

A Heathrow Airport spokesman said: “No emergency services were deployed during this incident.”


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