Planes divert to Ireland amid fog and engine fire at Heathrow

Planes divert to Ireland amid fog and engine fire at Heathrow

A passenger plane from London to Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing, after reporting engine trouble amid heavy fog at Heathrow Airport.

Two BA planes have been forced to divert to Shannon.

Two BA planes have been forced to divert to Shannon. ©Airlive/Twitter

A blanket of fog hovering over London’s Heathrow Airport contributed to a series of disruptive diversions on Friday morning, including two British Airways flights that were forced to divert to Shannon Airport.

The BA flight diversion to Ireland came as an American Airlines Boeing 747 plane was forced to return to Heathrow after reporting an engine fire.

According to AirLiveNet, passengers heard a number of bangs shortly after take-off, coupled by a reduction in power.

After declaring an emergency, the plane made a safe landing surrounded by units of the fire brigade at around 9.20am.

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