A BRITISH Airways plane declared a state of emergency due to engine failures just minutes after taking off from Heathrow Airport earlier today.
The Boeing 777 took off from Heathrow Airport in West London, but minutes later contacted air traffic control to declare a state of emergency.
AirNav, which tracks flights in realtime, shows the plane head west from Heathrow – before doubling back near Maidstone in Kent.
The aircraft, identified as BAW82GD, took off from London at 1.44pm and was flying at an altitude of about 6,000 feet.
Tracking information shows the aircraft circling above Maidstone a few times before returning to Heathrow with one engine out of action.
Airlive tweeted: “British Airways Boeing 777 (reg. G-VIIH) returning to Heathrow with engine #2 shut down.”
Another Twitter user claimed to see flames coming out of the plane after it took off.
They tweeted: “I also saw flames coming out of the right engine from the Cathay lounge. Climb decreased after takeoff.”
A British Airways spokesman confiremd the plane has since arrived back at Heathrow.
A statement said: “The flight landed safely after returning to the airport, and our highly trained engineers are investigating what happened.
“The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority. ”
The plane has now landed safely at Heathrow where a fire service carried out an inspection on the plane.
Read originally published story at: express.co.uk