British Airways plane in emergency landing at London Gatwick airport forcing runway closure

September 25, 2019

Emergency response vehicles surround the plane at Gatwick early on FridayCredit:EDDIE MITCHELL A British Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Gatwick airport after experiencing technical problems.Flight BA2605 was travelling from Naples when it encountered the problem, prompting emergency services to rush to the scene as it landed at the London airport about 12.30am. Incoming flights were temporarily diverted from the airport while the Airbus A320 plane was inspected.A spokeswoman for Gatwick said the flight was forced to land with an unspecified technical fault.”A British Airways flight that was inbound from Naples to London Gatwick landed with a technical fault, which resulted in the aircraft stopping on the runway whilst an inspection of the aircraft took place,” she said.”During this time, our runway remained temporarily unavailable while we switched over to our stand-by runway.”As a result of the runway being unavailable, a number of aircraft diverted away from Gatwick.” A British Airways spokeswoman said: “Our flight landed safely after our pilots requested a priority landing as a precaution after a technical fault. “The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority, and our engineers are currently conducting a thorough check of the aircraft.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. No one was injured in the incident and passengers were able to leave the plane a short time later.An easyJet service from Paphos and a TUI flight from Lanarca were diverted to other airports before Gatwick’s stand-by runway was opened. Gatwick BA2605 still on the runway at Gatwick, surrounded by fire trucks. Poss landing gear issue. / @CivMilAir – thanks for the tweets & DMs 👍 pic.twitter.com/aM92HqlQA4— Flight Emergency (@FlightEmergency) July 20, 2018

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