LONDON- A British Airways (BA) flight at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) had to be evacuated on Sunday due to the illness of four passengers reportedly caused by “fumes.” The incident occurred on a flight arriving from Barcelona (BCN) at 4:15 pm local time.
Emergency services quickly responded to the situation, with footage showing several fire engines and police cars at Terminal 5 while passengers were temporarily outside the aircraft.
British Airways Flight Fumes
One affected passenger expressed on social media, “It’s quite an experience being stuck on a plane with a ‘potential contagion’ for an hour and a half without any explanation or information.”
He later added, “Just to clarify, there was no contagion in the end, at least I hope not, as they eventually allowed us to disembark.”
“The Metropolitan Police appeared to respond promptly to the situation. However, Heathrow staff seemed increasingly unclear and hostile towards the understandably confused and frightened passengers who simply wanted to go home,” commented one individual.
Another person shared images of the incident online and described it as a “major police operation” at Terminal 5. At the same time, a third mentioned, “Scenes at Heathrow T5 as the BA flight from Barcelona has had its crew fall sick upon landing, and the passengers are being held on the runway.”
The London Fire Brigade reported that no elevated chemical readings were detected inside the aircraft, and the Metropolitan Police confirmed that four individuals received treatment at the scene.
A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police stated, “Police were called at 16:15hrs on Sunday, 8 October, to reports of passengers taken unwell on a flight into Heathrow Airport. Emergency services attended, and four people were treated at the scene.”
Additionally, a spokesperson from the London Ambulance Service mentioned, “We dispatched several resources to the scene, including three medics in fast-response cars, two advanced paramedic practitioners, two ambulance crews, two incident response officers, and members of our hazardous area response team (HART).”
“After evaluating several individuals on-site, we treated three patients and released them.”
A representative from British Airways stated, “The safety of our passengers and crew is consistently our foremost concern. This aircraft landed without incident at Heathrow following reports of a technical problem. Passengers disembarked safely from the aircraft using steps, and we apologize to them for the delay and any inconvenience this may have caused their travel.”
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