British Airways flight lands after ‘passengers smelled burning, crew felt sick’

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A British Airways flight had to make an emergency landing due to a "smell of burning" in the cabin.

The flight to Verona, Italy turned back to London's Heathrow Airport on Wednesday morning after passengers noticed the odour and some crew members began to feel unwell.

Emergency service vehicles met the plane on the tarmac and passengers were safely disembarked.

Ticket holders for flight BA 2596 were notified via text that the plane had to turn back due to a "technical issue", and they would be able to fly to Verona on a later flight in a replacement aircraft.

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"Safety is our number one priority and we would never continue a flight unless it was safe to do so," British Airways said in the text.

One passenger filmed the dramatic landing from the plane window, commenting that it took 10 minutes to land. The clip shows fire engines lined up beside the aircraft on a dark, rainy morning.

The passenger has said they are now boarding the replacement plane to Verona, which was scheduled to depart Heathrow at 9:15am, although an earlier notification had said the departure time was 12:20.

Heathrow has confirmed the aircraft landed safely and passengers were safely disembarked.

It is standard procedure for emergency services to meet an aircraft on the tarmac after an emergency landing.

A British Airways spokesperson told Daily Star Online: "The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority and the flight returned to Heathrow as a precaution due to a minor technical issue.

"We've apologised to our customers and have organised a replacement aircraft so that we can get them on their way again as quickly as possible."

The airline has not commented on what was causing the smell of burning inside the plane.

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