British Airways flight to New York ‘declares emergency over UK’

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A British Airways flight destined for the United States has declared an in-flight emergency over the UK.

Flight #BA113 took off from London Heathrow at 3.38pm but declared an emergency less than an hour later at 4.15pm.

The passenger plane was destined for New York’s JFK airport, with an estimated time of 6.33pm but the plane is en-route back to Heathrow.

It is unclear at this stage why the pilot declared an emergency but the plane sent a 7700 emergency squawk to traffic controllers.

Declaring an emergency means the crew determines they have an "urgency" or "distress" situation and all air facilities in the area are immediately alerted.

In a tweet, FlightRadar 24 said the British Airways aircraft is returning to London Heathrow with a "technical issue."

The New York bound flight is the first flight the aircraft, a Boeing 777-236, has taken since June 25th, according to FlightRadar.

Daily Star Online has approached British Airways for comment.

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