Passengers were evacuated off a British Airways flight at Heathrow Airport from Budapest after fears of a ‘mid-air chemical incident.’
The BA876 flight from Budapest landed shortly after 7pm on Thursday evening and passengers were reportedly taken from the plane and ‘detained’ at Heathrow Gate 26.
The London Ambulance Service sent a hazardous area response team (HART) to the scene, and the police and fire brigade also attended.
One passenger on social media claimed people were being detained and not being told the details of the incident.
The individual also claimed a fight had broken out between passengers and ground staff.
Geraldine Fusciardi, who was one of the other passengers detained, told MyLondon: ‘We were locked in the room for about 40 minutes. One woman collapsed in distress just as they were letting us out. No apology.
A BA flight has been forced to make an emergency landing at Heathrow after a mid-air incident (stock image)
‘Five minutes after they told us it was a major incident and physically prevented people from leaving the room – including some distressed women who needed the toilet – they released us all with some vague comments about engineering issue on plane.’
A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called at 6:55pm today (7 November) to reports of an incident at Heathrow Airport, Hounslow.
‘We dispatched an ambulance crew, two incident response officers and our hazardous area response team (HART) to the scene.
‘We assessed five people at the scene but did not take anyone to hospital.’
The group of specialist HART paramedics are trained to go into the ‘hot zone’ of incidents.
A spokesman for British Airways said: ‘Our aircraft requested a priority landing as a precaution after experiencing a minor technical issue.
The flight path of the plane from Budapest that made an emergency landing at Heathrow this evening
‘Our teams looked after our customers and helped get them on their way as soon as possible. We are sorry to our customers for the delay to their travel plans.’
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police at Heathrow Airport were called to an inbound flight from Budapest at 1939hrs on Thursday, 7 November following reports of an issue on the plane.
‘Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended. There were no reported injuries.
‘None of those on board required medical attention from LAS. There are no reported offences or matters for police attention.
‘The fault or smell reported on the aircraft is believed to be related to a mechanical issue.’