Emergency landing aircrew showed "efficiency and professionalism" says Unite

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Airplane DisasterFollowing an emergency landing at Heathrow, the crew of a British Airways Airbus were congratulated on the efficient way in which they handled a potentially tricky situation.

On Friday 24 May, Flight BA762 to Oslo took emergency measures after what was described as an "engine technical fault" following take-off. Media reports said the aircraft had been seen over London emitting smoke from an engine nascelle.

The UK's biggest union, Unite, said the flight was forced to return to the airport with black smoke and flames billowing from the starboard engine.

According to British Airways, the 5 crew and 75 passengers were taken off the plane by way of emergency slides. Other than one passenger sustaining a suspected fractured wrist, all are understood to be safe and well.

BA has announced a full investigation into the incident and is working to establish the cause with the Air Accident Investigation Bureau.

Matt Smith, a regional manager with Unite, said response to the emergency situation was a timely reminder of the skills of professional British aircrews.

"The experience and training of BA cabin crew should never be underestimated and is at the forefront of aviation safety," Mr Smith said. "Once again Unite can be very proud of its members in BA cabin crew who can always be relied on."

Oliver Richardson, Unite's national officer for civil aviation, added that UK aircrew work daily as safety professionals, "achieving the highest possible standards for colleagues and passengers".

Nick Harris, Head of Travel Law at Holiday Accident specialists Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors commented: "This is a clear example of how a potential disaster was brought under control, thanks to the cool head of the pilot and his team they successfully averted any major injuries to passengers and crew."

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