Emergency landing at Cardiff Airport
11:50am Thursday 31st January 2013 in News
A JUMBO JET made an emergency landing at Cardiff Airport on Monday (January 28).
Fire crews, ambulances and police all rushed to the airport as part of an emergency protocol in place to deal with such incidents. The plane landed safely and no-one was injured.
138 passengers were on board the Boeing 747, which was forced to land due to suspected technical problems. The BA196 flight had been travelling from Houston to Heathrow when it landed at 10.43am, and the jet later continued its journey to London, after an inspection by engineers.
A British Airways spokesperson said: "Following comprehensive checks carried out by our engineers, our flight from Houston continued on to London.
"As a precaution, the aircraft was diverted to Cardiff Airport due to indications of a potential technical problem."
A Cardiff Airport spokesperson said: "A BA aircraft on route form Houston to Heathrow emergency landed here at 10.43am. There were no problems on landing.
"An emergency protocol was issued and fire crews attended the scene. Following comprehensive checks on the aircraft by BA engineers the aircraft departed from Cardiff, with all passengers returned to Heathrow at 1.30pm."
A South Wales Fire Service spokesman said: "We had a full attendance of six fire engines and support appliances. This is standard protocol for such an incident.
"Fire crew attended from all surrounding areas, including Barry, Cowbridge and Llantwit Major."