A British Airways flight from Los Angeles to London was forced into a priority landing
after a sick passenger sparked a mid-air emergency over Northern Ireland.
After the pilot alerted air traffic controllers of the situation, the plane was given ‘priority’
to land at London Heathrow on Wednesday afternoon.
It is currently unclear exactly what the passenger’s medical emergency was, and how the
Flight number BA268 was flying from Los Angeles having left Los Angeles International
Airport (LAX) at 21:46 local time on March 30.
It was flying over Northern Ireland when the emergency was declared, and it landed
at Heathrow at 15:27 local time – around half an hour before its scheduled arrival.
The pilot alerted controllers that there was an emergency underway by ‘squawking 7700’,
the transponder code for a ‘general emergency’.
A British Airways spokesperson told MyLondon: ‘The plane has landed normally.
‘The pilot requested a priority landing into Heathrow as a precaution due to a customer
requiring medical assistance.’
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