A BRITISH Airways flight heading to London Heathrow has declared a mid-air emergency after suffering a ‘technical’ problem.
Flight BA763 from Oslo made the call on approach to the capital.
The Airbus A321’s pilot put out a Squawk 7700 call – the aviation term for a general emergency – over Essex.
It circled around once then made its approach to the airport, flying over the city centre.
Its scheduled time of arrival was 1.10pm and it was still flying over Heathrow almost two hours later.
The flight took off 20 minutes later than anticipated at 2pm on Thursday.
It was preparing to land shortly before 3pm when it made the Squawk 7700 call at around 5,000ft.
There was concern as it continues to fly over London.
Eventually it came in to land shortly after 3pm.
BA have since revealed that there was a technical problem that led to the emergency call.
A spokesperson said: “The flight landed safely and customers disembarked as normal.
“The aircraft developed a minor technical issue and our pilots requested a priority landing.
“The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority.”