Flight BA 2596 had set off for the Italian city of Verona but had to turn back to Heathrow because of safety fears
By Brett Gibbons
A British Airways jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Heathrow shortly after take-off this morning because of a “technical issue.”
One passenger reported a burning smell and crew feeling unwell before the jet bound for Verona in Italy returned to the airport soon after 9am.
Flight BA 2596 had set off for the Italian city but had to turn back because of safety fears.
The airline posted an update to passengers saying aircraft had suffered a “technical issue”.
In a message from British Airways sent to one traveller, a statement said: “We apologise for the delay to your flight to Verona today.
“We had to return back to London Heathrow due to a technical issue. Safety is our number one priority and we would never continue a flight unless it was safe to do so.
“We are currently in the process of arranging a new aircraft so that we are able to get you to your destination.”
One passenger took to Twitter claiming “they smelt burning and some of the cabin crew felt unwell”.
A new aircraft has been arranged and the flight is now expected to take-off later this morning.