A British Airways Airbus A319 was forced to return to Heathrow Airport last night after flames were seen spitting from an engine shortly after takeoff.

An Emergency Landing for A319

The emergency landing forced the closure of the airport’s southern run for 16 minutes.

The flight had departed London Heathrow Airport (LHR) just before 20:55 local time and had been headed to Saint Exupery Airport (LYS) in Lyon, France,

After being in the air for around 40 minutes the aircraft landed back at Heathrow just after 21:35 local time.

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Flight BAW364 Airbus A319 returns to LHR
Flight BAW364 Airbus A319 returns to LHR – screenshot planefinder.net

British Airways said that flight BA364 (callsign BAW364) touched down safely and the aircraft would be “thoroughly checked over by engineers”.

An airline spokesman said that “The safety of our customers, crew and aircraft is of the utmost importance.”

The aircraft involved is a twin Engine Airbus A319-131, registration number G-DBCG, built in 2006 and is shown below.

twin Engine Airbus A319-131
Airbus A319 Reg G-DBCG photo © Jason King – pinkfroot.com

More Information about the Incident

Other Incidents

Last night’s incident isn’t the first involving a fire after takeoff of a British Airways A319 departing Heathrow. Less than a year ago we reported a fire on a Oslo bound flight.

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