Thursday, January 17, 2008

Heathrow plane crash - 13 minor injuries

A major catastrophe was averted today when flight BA-38 from Beijing crash landed at Heathrow Airport. All 152 passengers and crew evacuated from the Boeing 777 safely after the plane came to a halt at the beginning of runway 27 Left. According to eyewitnesses the aircraft flew in very low “dropping like a stone” as it crash landed just short of the runway at around 12:42 GMT. Witnesses described it skidding along the grass with wheels and debris flying in all directions. Within seconds of it having come to a halt, passengers were evacuated from the plane via emergency chutes. Airport fire services were at the scene within 2 minutes and at least 4 ambulances were dispatched to the scene. A total of 13 people received minor injuries and were taken to Hillingdon Hospital. Three are said to be Chinese nationals, seven are British and another three are of unknown origin. Latest reports suggest that the Boeing 777 suffered a major power failure just prior to the crash [BBC / Sky News / CNN]

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