Emergency Landing Flight Doors 'Unhatched'

An investigation into a flight that made an emergency landing at Heathrow last week has found the engine doors were left 'unhatched'.

The discovery was made by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

Experts said the coverings, or the fan cowl doors, separated and punctured the fuel pipe on the right engine, thereby damaging the Airbus A319's systems. A fire subsequently broke out in the aircraft's engine.

The flight was due to arrive in Oslo before it had to return to Heathrow shortly after taking off.

Black smoke was seen coming from one of the engines and the plane appeared damaged as it flew over London.

The jet was landed safely, with its 75 passengers and crew evacuated. Three people were treated for minor injuries.

The emergency landing closed both runways for a while and although both reopened, it caused a number of flight cancellations and delays over the bank holiday weekend.


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

14 February 2014
Clutha Helicopter Crash: AAIB Find Double Engine Failure
Investigators have found that the helicopter that crashed on to the Clutha pub in Glasgow in November had suffered double engine failure as a result of a fuel supply problem. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) however said that the exact cause of the problem was still unclear.
07 April 2008
UK Flight Makes Emergency Landing
An easyJet flight between Athens and Luton was forced to make an emergency landing after reportedly developing a "technical problem" mid-flight. It is understood that Flight EZY 2002 was forced to return to the Greek airport and request an emergency landing around 40 minutes after take-off on Sunday night.
25 June 2014
Plane Forced To Make Emergency Landing At Cork Airport
A plane, with 149 passengers on board, made an emergency landing at Cork Airport at 11.45pm on Tuesday night. The Boeing 737-300 series flight was travelling from Belfast to Spain, however the pilot reported a suspected fuel leak and the flight was diverted to Cork. The aircraft landed safely and none of the passengers or staff were injured.
13 October 2008
BA Flight Forced To Make 'Priority Landing'
A British Airways (BA) pilot has been forced to request a "priority landing" at Heathrow Airport, after fumes were detected in the passenger cabin. According to the airline, BA Flight 341 which had taken off from Nice, France at around 6.30am on Monday landed safely and none of the 137 passengers were injured.
06 October 2008
BA Emergency Landing Due To 'Burning Smell'
A British Airways from London to the US has been forced to make an emergency landing at Chicago's O'Hare airport, the airline has revealed. Flight BA195 from London's Heathrow to Houston was diverted after "what was thought to be a burning smell" was detected onboard the craft.