Emergency landing causes delays at Heathrow

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Posted on May 24, 2013 at 6:34 PM

LONDON (AP) -- A British Airways jet made an emergency landing at London’s Heathrow Airport after developing a technical fault after takeoff. TV footage showed smoke streaming from one of the engines.

Airport officials briefly closed both runways at Europe’s busiest airport Friday morning, causing delays. They were later able to reopen one.

Heathrow officials said passengers were evacuated safely from the stricken plane. Footage broadcast on British television showed the plane in the air with smoke pouring from one engine.

British Airways said the Airbus A319 was carrying 75 passengers and crew and that it had just taken off from Heathrow on a flight to Oslo, Norway.

The airline added an investigation is under way.

The jet was surrounded by fire vehicles after it landed, and passengers and crew used evacuation slides to leave the plane. London Ambulance Service said it treated three people for minor injuries.

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