BA plane to Hong Kong returns to Heathrow after 'technical problem'

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BA passenger plane heading to Hong Kong returns to Heathrow after 'technical problem'

A BA plane carrying 298 passengers en route to Hong Kong had to return to Heathrow on Monday night after developing a technical problem mid-air.

The Boeing 747 took off at 6.20pm and landed safely back at Heathrow at 9.15pm on Monday night, reports the Mirror.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, a BA spokesman said: "One of our aircraft experienced a minor technical problem and because of that returned to Heathrow as a precaution.

"Nobody was in danger at any point.

"At the moment our engineers are examining the aircraft. The exact nature of the fault is being looked at. "

Sky News reports that the aircraft developed a problem with its left wing landing gear shortly after embarking on its 12-hour flight.

Back in May, a British Airways plane thought to be on fire was forced to make an emergent landing at Heathrow Airport.

Eye witnesses reported seeing smoke billowing from Flight BA762 heading for Oslo.

The incident left both runways at Heathrow closed as the plane made its landing.

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