A British Airways flight that was on its way from South Africa to Heathrow Airport in London, England on Wednesday, had to turn back for an emergency landing at OR Tambo International Airport.
British Airways confirmed to RNews that the plane turned around as a precaution and landed again at the airport due to a “minor technical problem”.
The flight, BA56, took off at around 7.46pm and returned to the airport around 20 minutes later.
According to the shipping company, emergency service workers waited for the plane on one of the runways as a precaution.
British Airways confirmed on Twitter that the flight has been rescheduled for today at 2pm.
Now clogging up the runway. They’re not moving anytime soon pic.twitter.com/sW6ZDW3kD3
— Avios Adventurer ✈️ (@aviosAdventurer) July 12, 2023
“We apologize to our customers for the disruption to their journeys and our teams are working hard to get the aircraft back in the air so that everyone reaches their destinations as planned,” British Airways confirmed.
“The safety of our customers and colleagues is always our priority and we will never undertake a flight unless it is safe to do so.”
The shipping line is also doing crisis management on social media platforms, with customers flooding it with messages to get answers about the flight. In response to this, the shipping company merely apologized for the inconvenience and said it was “examining the matter carefully”.