Pilots in oxygen masks as BA flight makes emergency landing

A burning smell in the cockpit forced British Airways pilots to issue a mayday half-way into their journey from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Heathrow Airport in London and then make an emergency landing.

British Airways flight developed a burning smell in the cockpit half-way from Paris to Heathrow forcing pilots to wear oxygen masks

British Airways flight developed a burning smell in the cockpit half-way from Paris to Heathrow forcing pilots to wear oxygen masks Image by Mohd Imran A. G. / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Airbus A320 carrying 163 passengers was some 20 minutes into its journey when the crew became worried over the technical issues in the cockpit, Express.co.uk reports.

Dave Luckett, a passenger on board tweeted on his arrival home at 10.30pm last night, that he had just experienced his first back “emergency landing on BA327”.

He praised the airline’s crew for the professional way they had handled the situation. He said passengers believed the burning issues had something to do with a cooling problem.

Mr Luckett told the Express that half way into the 40 minute flight, the pilots had issued a mayday and later he saw them wearing oxygen masks.

Nerys Conway, another passenger on the flight, tweeted that they had been met on landing with fire engines at Heathrow.

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