Watch: Dramatic moment flight dumps fuel after declaring emergency

This is the dramatic moment an aircraft started dumping fuel and declared an emergency after being hit by an engine problem over the south Wales.

Passenger Lucy Jane Atkinson took the footage on the flight from London to New York when passengers were stunned when the captain came over the tannoy to announce there was a problem.

The aircraft was forced to turn round as it flew over Swansea and the Bristol Channel as the drama unfolded.

The video shows streams of fuel being dumped as the pilot took action after discovering there was a problem with the right engine.

Lucy Jane, 31, a theatre director, said: “About an hour in to the flight the pilot came over the tannoy asking for a crew member to come to the flight deck immediately, then about 10 minutes after that we turned around and doubled back on ourselves.

“Then he came over the tannoy and said that there was a problem with the right engine so as a precaution we were heading back to Heathrow. Then the Del started being dumped out from the Wing tips, and he came back over the tannoy to let us know that was normal, and that we had to dump it out in order to be a safe landing weight.



“When we were coming in to land he came over the tannoy a third time to say that there would be emergency vehicles on the ground to meet us, just as a precaution. Once we landed we stayed on the plane for another hour or so while they sorted out rebooking all our flights. We were put up in a hotel for the night, and given meal vouchers. Most of us were re-booked for the next flight at 10:45 this morning.

“I felt very safe and well looked after every step of the way.”

The BA Boeing 777-200ER landed safely was circling the Bristol Channel after declaring an emergency while flying between London and New York.



Flight tracker shows the plane looped down the Bristol Channel, passing Portishead, Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare and over South Wales.

The passenger plane took off from Heathrow at 3.38pm, but raised the alarms less than an hour later at 4.15pm.

One person wrote on Twitter: “Definitely not the sort of contrail you want to see an aircraft leaving – BA 777 G-VIIC dumping fuel at FL100 over the Bristol Channel was LHR-JFK now returning to LHR.”



A British Airways spokesperson said lots of aircraft are forced to return to airports after take-off.

She described today’s incident as ‘very routine’. A spokesperson for BA has confirmed the aircraft has landed safely.

“The aircraft landed safely after our highly trained pilots opted to return to Heathrow as a precaution.

“We’ve said sorry to our customers for the delay to their journey, and we’ll get them back on their way as quickly as we can.”

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