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British Airways flight develops snag again

For the second time in two days, a London-bound British Airways flight from Mumbai reported trouble and was delayed, inconveniencing passengers.

On Monday, flight BA 134 returned to Mumbai after take-off, following a technical issue. In a statement, a British Airways spokesperson said, “The aircraft had to return to Mumbai as a precaution after a technical issue. Our teams are looking after customers by rebooking them onto other services or providing them with overnight accommodation.”

On Saturday, another flight with 300 passengers on board had aborted take-off at the last minute due to an engine snag, delaying the departure by more than five hours. “British Airways flight BA 134 was forced to reject take off for London as the aircraft engine developed a snag. All the passengers escaped unhurt,” officials said.

The airline spokesperson, in a brief statement, had said the aircraft returned after an indication of a ‘minor technical’ issue, and was met by the emergency services as a precaution. “A team of highly skilled engineers inspected the aircraft and confirmed it is safe to fly,” the spokesperson said.

Bharat Vasani, a partner of leading law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, had tweeted to say, “More than 300 passengers are stuck inside British Airways Mumbai-London flight BA 134 since 11.30 a.m. Commander aborted take-off due to a problem with the left engine of Boeing 787 aircraft. Aircraft stopped with violent jerks. No one allowed to disembark for last 2 hours.” The aircraft later took off around 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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