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Friday, May 24, 2013

BA A319 Makes Emergency Landing, Heathrow Closes

By Woodrow Bellamy III

London's Heathrow Airport was temporarily closed Friday, after a British Airways (BA) Airbus A319 passenger jet made an emergency landing with smoke emerging from one of its engines. 
The aircraft was carrying 75 passengers on a flight bound for Oslo. All passengers and crew were able to safely evacuate the airplane.
BA's emergency landing caused the cancellation of 186 flights at Heathrow, and the airline cancelled its short-haul services through 4 p.m.  The airline is reporting the incident as an "engine technical fault." The A319 is powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. 
U.K.'s Air Accidents Investigation Branch is currently investigating the incident.

“Incidents like this are extremely rare but the team trains constantly to ensure we are prepared when they occur," said Mark Freeman, airport duty manager at Heathrow. "We were able to reopen the northern runway within two hours of the incident and we are now focused on returning the airport to normal as quickly as possible."

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