Disabled BBC reporter Frank Gardner is stuck inside a plane AGAIN at Heathrow

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, who uses a wheelchair, was left stranded on an empty plane at Heathrow after bungling staff locked themselves inside a cabin.

The broadcaster was eventually forced to put his wheelchair through a plane window to get off the British Airways flight. He called the incident ‘absurd’.

It comes five months after the 57-year-old was left stranded for nearly two hours after Heathrow lost his wheelchair.

Mr Gardner tweeted a picture of the view from the cabin door last night with the caption: ‘Ok so this is so absurd it’s actually funny. 30 mins after landing @HeathrowAirport I’m once again stuck on an empty plane.

‘Hi-lift crew have managed to lock themselves inside their hydraulic cabin and can’t get out!

‘BA crew being brilliant.’

He then tweeted a second photo of his wheelchair being passed out of a window.

Mr Gardner shared the snap with the caption: ‘Ground crew still stuck inside their hi/lift @HeathrowAirport but we got my wchair out thru the window! Thank u to fab crew of BA0873.’

The CEO of Heathrow Airport previously met with Mr Gardner after staff ‘lost his wheelchair’ and left him stranded on the plane for nearly two hours back in March.

Despite staff being given instructions to take the chair to him from the hold, Mr Gardner said they took it into the terminal and it was not brought back to him for an hour and 40 minutes.

‘If you can’t walk and your wheelchair’s been taken away into the terminal, that is your legs gone,’ he said at the time.

‘That is your mobility gone. It’s a basic human right. I am pretty seething about it.’

The journalist expressed his outrage at the ordeal in a series of tweets posted from the plane after his Ethiopian Airlines flight landed on March 24, 2018.

He later described his meeting with Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye as ‘one of the most productive of my life’.

He wrote: ‘Just spent (hopefully) 1 of most constructive hrs of my life!

‘Heathrow CEO took notes as we went thru disabled passengers’ probs at airports.

‘We covered hi-lift failing to turn up, wchairs getting taken off into terminal + more thoughtful attitudes needed twds disabled.’

He added he was ‘grateful for him listening patiently’ about the experiences of disabled flyers at the airport and had identified ‘three areas for improvement’.

The journalist lost the use of his legs in 2004 after being shot six times by militants while reporting in Saudi Arabia.

Read originally published story on Daily Mail Online

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