PUBLISHED: 12:46, Fri, Nov 8, 2019 | UPDATED: 13:15, Fri, Nov 8, 2019
Passengers travelling on a British Airways flight from Budapest to London Heathrow reported being “locked in a room” at the airport with little information as to why. The BA876 flight landed at 7:00 pm as London Ambulance Service rushed to the scene. A hazardous area response team arrived on the scene, while passengers took to social media to try and find out what was happening. Meanwhile, a statement from Metropolitan Police confirmed they were also in attendance, along with the city’s Fire Brigade.
Reports circulating also reference a “smell” on board the plane.
Geralldine Fusciardi was one of the passengers on board who took to Twitter. She said: “Currently locked in room at Heathrow airport with half the passengers from a @britishairways plane from Heathrow. We have been isolated after an emergency landing. No information.”
The passenger suggested the British airline was offering minimal information regarding the incident, saying “wish @britishairways would tell us what is going on.”
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British Airways: Flight requests priority landing at Heathrow (Image: Getty Images)
British Airways: Passengers complained of being "locked in a room" n Twitter (Image: Twitter)
However, British Airways strongly refuted this claim, stating the passengers were simply held at the gate on arrival so ambulance crews could offer assistance and check over any passenger that may require medical advice.
The airline further advises that everyone on board left unharmed.
A spokesperson told express.co.uk the airline requested a “priority landing” as a precaution against a “minor technical issue” on board. A priority landing allows planes to skip the landing queue in order to ensure a safe landing.
The emergency services automatically respond to requests of his type, regardless of the situation.
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