Talk:British Airways flight makes emergency landing in Iceland, terrorism ruled out

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"They were 50 miles from Keflavik when it was thought there was a fire. But it turned out to be only smoke." There's no smoke without fire....unless you're 50 miles up from Keflavik it seems :)

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the update has been moved here (see below)from the article, as the article has already been published for two days, and the updates are not written in news form. an interview with the passenger may be indicated. Doldrums 05:35, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

  • Update 08/27: I was a passenger of BA 219, we didn't spend any time out of the plane. We just waited inside for more than 3 hours, and finally took aoff again for Denver. We arrived at 10:25pm for an arrival scheduled at 6:45pm. There has been much disinformation on that fact.
  • Update 08/27: I was a passenger of BA 219, we didn't spend any time out of the plane. We just waited inside for more than 3 hours, and finally took off again for Denver. We arrived at 10:25pm for an arrival scheduled at 6:45pm. There has been much disinformation on that fact.

I was also a passenger on this flight. I was sat in the back section of the plane (within sight of the galley where the oven overheated).

On discovering the problem, the pilot made a quick U-turn, and a rapid descent into Keflavik. We came to a halt right in the middle of the runway and stayed there for over an hour. Firemen (wearing breathing apparatus) entered via the rear cabin door. We were not allowed off the plane (contrary to the main news article) - although I believe that BA had contacted hotels in the area, in case we had to stay overnight.

We later taxied to an area off the runway while BA decided what to do. The pilot eventually announced that the faulty oven had been removed and the firemen had checked for other sources of heat problems using their thermal imaging cameras. Given that everything now looked OK, we continued our journey on to Denver (having spent roughly 3 hours on the ground in Iceland). We touched down in Denver at just after 22:27. We reached our stand and were allowed to disembark at roughly 22:37 (more than 4 hours after our scheduled arrival time of 18:25).

It all sounds quite dramatic, but it wasn't too bad really (apart from making the flight very long). I had a much worse experience on BA268 on 19 February 2005 (when an engine caught fire 50 feet above the ground on take-off from LAX), now that's a story....