British Airways flight from London to Boston forced to land early after 'smoke detected on board'

Robin De Peyer
Diverted: the BA flight had taken off from Heathrow: PA

A transatlantic British Airways was forced to divert shortly after taking off from Heathrow after reports of smoke being detected on board.

Flight 213 from London to Boston landed at Shannon Airport in west Ireland after the incident.

The passenger jet touched down safely at 1.37pm, having taken off at 11.15am.

There were reports of smoke being detected on board.

It is believed there were 239 passengers and crew on the aircraft.

A Shannon Airport spokeswoman confirmed the aircraft had been diverted due to a technical problem.

Emergency services attended the scene as a precaution.

A British Airways spokesman said: "The aircraft landed normally after our highly-trained pilots diverted the flight as a precaution."

British Airways said a replacement aircraft was being arranged to take passengers to Boston.