BA flight from LA to London declares air emergency due to sick passenger

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BA flight from LA to London announces air emergency due to sick passenger over Northern Ireland and ‘priority’ landing at Heathrow

  • Flight number BA268 flew from Los Angeles and left LAX last night
  • But over Northern Ireland, the pilot alerted the passenger to air traffic control
  • British Airways said the pilot has requested a priority landing at Heathrow today
  • The plane ‘landed normally’ at London airport at 3:27 pm, half an hour early

A British Airways flight from Los Angeles to London has declared an air emergency over Northern Ireland.

The emergency was due to a sick passenger and the plane was reportedly ‘prioritized’ landing at Heathrow.

It is currently unclear what exactly the passenger’s medical emergency was and how the events unfolded.

Flight number BA268 flew from Los Angeles and departed from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on March 30 at 9:46 pm local time.

It was flying over Northern Ireland when the emergency declared, and landed at Heathrow at 3:27 PM local time – about half an hour before its scheduled arrival.

The pilot warned controllers that a calamity was underway by ‘squawking 7700’, the transponder code for a ‘general emergency’.

A British Airways spokesman said MyLondon: ‘The plane landed normally.

“As a precaution, the pilot requested a priority landing at Heathrow because a customer needed medical attention.”

The MailOnline has contacted British Airways for further comment.

Pictured: BA268's flight path, which landed at Heathrow after a medical emergency

Pictured: BA268’s flight path, which landed at Heathrow after a medical emergency

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