Heathrow closed following emergency landing

Heathrow closed following emergency landing

Heathrow Airport in London closed both runways earlier this morning as a British Airways plane was forced to make an emergency landing.

The plane landed shortly after take off after being struck by a bird and losing power to an engine fire.

All passengers have been evacuated without injury, officials at Heathrow confirmed.

Emergency vehicles surrounded the plane and emergency chutes could be seen being deployed after the plane came to a stop on the northern runway.

London Fire Brigade tweeted: “One crew from Heathrow fire station is assisting Heathrow Airport’s fire service with an aircraft fire.

“We believe the fire is now out.”

The Airbus A319 was on route to Oslo with 75 passengers on board.

The southern runway has now reopened.

However, severe delays can be expected for the rest of the day.

Heathrow is advising passengers to check to the status of their flight, here.