Chaos at Heathrow as plane collapses onto nose on runway causing hours of delays

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Travellers at Heathrow Airport could be facing hours of delays after a British Airways plane collapsed onto its nose on a runway on Friday morning.

Fire engines, ambulances and police officers are all in attendance at the busy international airport.

A British Airways spokesperson confirmed that the flight was a freight service and was not carrying passengers.

Dramatic footage and photos taken at the scene show the Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner tilted forward with its nose resting on the tarmac.

Security staff in high-vis jackets can be seen inspecting the crumpled plane in the rain.

Witnesses say the aircraft was parked on a remote stand when its front landing gear collapsed.

British Airways has confirmed the plane was about to embark on a cargo flight and no passengers were onboard at the time.

A spokesman for the airline said: "A freighter aircraft has been damaged while stationary on stand. As a freighter only aircraft there were no passengers on board.

"Safety is always our highest priority and we are investigating the matter."

No injuries have been reported at this stage.

It's unknown how much damage was done to the aircraft when it hit the tarmac.

The cargo flight was bound for Frankfurt, according to unconfirmed reports.

Flight tracking data shows the plane had flown in from Moscow on Wednesday evening, the Sun reports.

It remains unclear if the incident has caused any significant delays or cancellations for other flights.

The Metropolitan Police, which covers Heathrow Airport, and Essex Fire and Rescue have been contacted for comment on the unfolding incident.

The AerohubNews Twitter account said: "An unidentified (at present) British Airways Boeing 787 has suffered a nose gear collapse at London Heathrow Airport this morning.

"Extent of the damage is currently unknown, further details will be reported once available."

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