A British Airway A380 bound for Hong Kong has had to make an emergency return to Heathrow. The overnight flight from Heathrow took off just after 9.50pm on Friday evening, whilst making it’s outbound transit across the channel the plane is understood to have developed a fault with a set of flaps.
BA flight BA27 London Heathrow to Hong Kong has been dumping burning fuel over the North Sea at 10,000ft for the past three hours with a flaps retraction problem. Flaps are a device used to increase the lift of an aircraft wing at a given airspeed. Flaps are usually mounted on the wing trailing edges. They can cause an increase in drag in mid-flight, so they are retracted when not needed.
It is currently unclear if a full emergency has been declared at Heathrow that normally closes its runway to traffic at 11.30pm every night.
It is understood that the plane is due to an attempt to make a landing at 2am.
The Heathrow Airport Fire service have been deployed and are standing by awaiting the arrival of the faulty aircraft
This is not the first technical issue with an A380 departing from London Heathrow this week as on 7 February a Qantas Airbus A380 (VH-OQE) to Singapore as QF2 returned to London Heathrow after a problem with one of its cargo doors.
UPDATE 02.04 . The Flight after four hours of dumping fuel has landed Safely on 27R at Heathrow without help from fire crew