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British Airways flight makes emergency landing in Newfoundland after heat detected

Staff Writer |
A British Airways flight with 209 people on board was forced to make an emergency landing in St. John’s, N.L., early Tuesday after crew detected heat in a cargo hold.

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Police say they were called to St. John’s International Airport just after 1 a.m. local time before the transatlantic flight from New York landed.

They say they were responding to a report of heat and a suspicion of fire in the cargo area of the Boeing 777 passenger jet.

The plane landed without incident at about 2:30 a.m. local time after leaving JFK International Airport in New York bound for London’s Heathrow airport.

The website for JFK International Airport indicated British Airways flight 174 was diverted to St. John’s.

“There was an issue with the aircraft, a Boeing 777,” a spokesman for British Airways said in an email, without offering any details on the nature of the issue. “Our engineers will be looking into the cause.”

He said the passengers were sent to a hotel after they arrived in St. John’s and that another aircraft would be dispatched from Heathrow to pick them up and “get them on their way as soon as possible.”


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