Stricken British Airways Jet Flew Over Chiswick
Airbus was tracked over Dukes Meadows before emergency landing
The stricken British airways jet flew over Chiswick before making its emergency landing at Heathrow on Friday morning (May 24).
The flightpath of BA 762 shows it flew over Dukes Meadows, the University of Westminster Sports Ground and Chiswick Quay before it landed with the right engine trailing smoke at 08.43. Passengers and crew were evacuated safely at the airport.
Witnesses under the flight path saw flames and smoke coming from the plane as it came in to land.
The Airbus A319 carrying 75 passengers from London to Oslo had taken off from Heathrow at 08.17 am when the incident occured. Passengers described hearing a loud popping sound about eight minutes into the flight. A few minutes later passengers noticed that the right engine was on fire, and there was a good deal of black smoke. The captain then made an announcement.
Red line shows flight path of BA 762
The cowls/doors were missing from both engines when the aircraft landed. An investigation is being carried out into the the incident which caused major disruption at the airport for several hours. Both runways were closed and 192 flights cancelled and 22 flights were diverted toother airports.
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May 26, 2013