British Airways jumbo jet declares emergency over UK airspace - this is why

A British Airways jumbo jet flying from Seattle to London Heathrow declared an emergency this morning.

Wednesday, 3rd July 2019, 2:53 pm
The British Airways flight was travelling from Seattle to Heathrow when it declared an emergency. Photo - Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The Boeing 747 declared the emergency at around 11.45am while over Northern Ireland.

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The aircraft requested a priority landing into Heathrow as a precaution due to a customer requiring medical assistance.