Heathrow: British Airways flight forced to cancel take-off after emergency slide opens on runway

The emergency slide opened as the flight began its take off procedure (Ham/MZulqarnainBut1 Twitter)
The emergency slide opened as the flight began its take off procedure (Ham/MZulqarnainBut1 Twitter)

Heathrow Airport was thrown into chaos on Friday morning after a plane’s emergency slide accidentally opened as it prepared for take-off.

The British Airways (BA) Boeing 777 was due for take-off to Lagos, Nigeria on Friday.

As the plane left the gate, the flight was forced to stop after the emergency slide opened.

Pictures on social media showed the BA aircraft stationery with a fire engine and other emergency vehicles surrounding it.

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BA said the incident was soon resolved and the passengers were removed safely.

A BA spokesperson said: "The aircraft returned to stand and customers disembarked normally.

"We’ve apologised to customers for the inconvenience caused, have provided them with refreshment vouchers and have arranged a replacement aircraft so that they can continue their journey as planned."